FRYEBURG MAINE TRAIL CEREMONY FRIDAY

by Christian Mower on October 13, 2011

ORGANIZERS ARE HOPING FOR GOOD WEATHER FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY IN FRYEBURG THAT WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN THE NEW MULTI-PURPOSE TRAIL BESIDE THE MOUNTAIN DIVISION RAIL CORRIDOR.

FRYEBURG RESIDENT DAVE KINSMAN – AN AVID BICYCLE RIDER WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE MOUNTAIN DIVISION ALLIANCE – SAYS THE FRYEBURG TRAIL PROJECT IS THE RESULT OF SIX YEARS OF PLANNING BETWEEN THE TOWN OF FRYEBURG, THE MOUNTAIN DIVISION ALLIANCE AND THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

THE PAVED ONE AND HALF MILE TRAIL CONNECTS THE MAINE VISITOR CENTER ON ROUTE 302 IN FRYEBURG TO PORTER ROAD. ANOTHER SECTION OF TRAIL TO BE BUILT NEXT SUMMER WILL CONTINUE FOR TWO AND A HALF MILES FROM PORTER ROAD TO AIRPORT ROAD NEAR THE BROWNFIELD TOWN LINE.

THE TOWN OF BROWNFIELD IS PLANING ON BUILDING ANOTHER SECTION OF THE TRAIL.

THE SEPARATE PHASES ARE ALL PART OF AN OVERALL PLAN TO BUILD A TRAIL NEXT TO THE RAIL LINE FROM FRYEBURG TO PORTLAND. 

KINSMAN SAYS SIX MILES OF TRAIL ARE ALREADY IN USE IN THE WINDHAM/GORHAM AREA AND AN ENGINEERING STUDY FOR ANOTHER 5-MILE SECTION THAT WILL CONNECT WINDHAM AND WESTBROOK IS BEING CONDUCTED THIS FALL.

THE CURRENT SECTION IN FRYEBURG WILL ACCOMMODATE RUNNERS, WALKERS, BICYCLISTS, CROSS COUNTRY SKIERS – AND SNOWMOBILERS.

FRIDAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE MAINE VISITOR’S CENTER ON ROUTE 302 IN FRYEBURG AT 3 P.M.