Trail Development Campaigns

New Trail Development Campaigns - 2019

We are hard at work, with several significant new campaigns, to build a continuous recreation and transportation greenway from Casco Bay to the Piscataqua River in Kittery, Maine.

Dear Friend of the Eastern Trail,

Annual Appeal ET MapYou’ve been walking along side us this far. Would you help us continue to build the Eastern Trail?

2018 was a very successful year for the Eastern Trail. Our successful Close the Gap campaign moves forward as we work with our municipal and state partners to start planning for the construction to complete 16 miles of continuous off-road recreational and commuting trail!  And the Eastern Trail is being used by record number of people – including you – according to our updated Economic Impact Study.

These successes give us renewed energy to push forward with the next challenges toward completing our 65-mile dream trail – Blazing the Trail South. This segment will take the trail from Kennebunk, through Wells, and then through the Berwicks. While surveys, design and permitting are not the fun part of our work – all of these processes are absolutely necessary. Go here for more information on the Blazing the Trail South.

With your help, we’ll continue to add these critical off road miles – one step at a time. We’re happy we’re on this journey together.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of the Eastern Trail Alliance,

All the Best,


Deb Erickson-Irons, ETA President

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Close the Gap campaignClick on this image to Learn More


As we approach the end of 2018, many are wondering what happened to the “Close the Gap” project. An announcement went out at the end of 2017 that we were moving into the Final Design stage but many donors and trail users are still wondering, “Where’s the Trail?”

Like many projects, what happens behind the scenes is what makes them cost effective and well planned. The Town of Scarborough is managing the final design stage now and while it is moving along well, can take 12 months or more to complete. So while there's great progress, unfortunately nothing visible.

Scarborough anticipates advertising for construction in 2019 barring any regulatory holdups.
We thank the over 500 individuals plus corporations, foundations and our governmental support for making this project even possible.

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