Close the Gap Campaign

Close the Gap

Help Eastern Trail Close the GapHelp Us Close the Gap!


The Eastern Trail is a vital multi-use trail of state-wide significance in Maine. The trail extends 65 miles from South Portland to Kittery, and travels by scenic woods, tidal marshes, and classic Maine villages. Since its creation sixteen years ago, the trail has provided millions of people with a recreational and transportation resource that connects them to the beautiful Maine landscape.

Gap MapClick on image to see larger viewBut a key piece of trail is missing in Scarborough. A 1.6-mile “gap” interrupts off-road travel between South Portland and Saco. The construction of this critical trail segment, which includes two bridges will close this gap and provide 16 continuous off-road miles reaching from South Portland’s Bug Light to Downtown Saco. The cost to close this gap is $3.8 million dollars.

 Donate Here to Close the Gap

A formal fundraising campaign, “Close the Gap” has already raised $3.25 million toward the goal of $3.8 million. The Maine DOT views completing this segment as the “highest priority” trail project in the state, and has committed $1.55 million towards its completion.  In addition, the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) has generously committed over $1.1 million towards the project. The balance of the funding for the project is being provided by generous individuals, as well as municipalities, corporate and non-profit partners, and in-kind services in the way of construction materials and labor. Can YOU help us??
Close the Gap Drone Video Nov 2016Video of the "Close the Gap" Trail Segment New developments late 2016/early 2017 include:

  • The Eastern Trail Alliance has provided $50,000 to match donations received for a total contribution of $100,000. (The Eastern Trail Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit; your donations are tax deductible)
  • Two corporations and one family have committed an additional $146,000.
  • Additional private donations of $44,000 have been received in 2017.
  • Go here to view LOTS of Press Coverage about the Campaign and Recent Donations

Go here to take a look at the future (simulated trail images) - see what your donation will create.

Go here to see helpful Close the Gap campaign resources that provide more details, images, and documents suitable for viewing and printing. Included in these resources are a full slide presentation (pdf format) about the Close the Gap campaign and a one-page Fact Sheet about the Close the Gap Campaign.

Need to Cross the Nonesuch RiverA Bridge is Needed Across the Nonesuch River! Gap MapClick on image to see larger view

Another view of the needed Nonesuch River CrossingThe needed bridge, viewed from the Nonesuch River levelHelp Us Close this Gap

Chamber DonationTom Hall, Scarborough Town Manager is presented a check for $100,000 by Deb Erickson-Irons, ETA Pres. and Bob Bowker, ETA Vice Pres.Chamber of Commerce Donations to CTGETA Officers receiving Scarborough Chamber of Commerce $1000 donation, and South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce $500 donation

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