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May 19, 2014 — 10th Anniversary of Groundbreaking for First Eastern Trail Segment

May 19 marked the tenth anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony that began construction on the first section of the Eastern Trail. The project was managed under the direction of the 12-town Eastern Trail Management District in partnership with many organizations including the Town of Scarborough.  That section, crossing Scarborough Marsh, soon demonstrated amazing public support for the Eastern Trail.

Could anyone with their groundbreaking shovels in hand have imagined what would be accomplished in the following ten years?

Congratulations and many thanks to the hundreds, and thousands who believed in and supported the Eastern Trail vision and have worked so hard to continue building the first 21 miles of our off-road trail. Since that historic day, we have truly demonstrated that "if you build it, they will come."

Click here to see some pictures of Eastern Trail leaders and visionaries gathering on the Scarborough Marsh Bridge on May 19 to commemorate the anniversary

Good News for the Community Bicycle Center

Our good friends at the Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford are moving to larger space. Read the good news here.

Arundel adds parking spots for ET

The town of Arundel will be adding some parking spaces along the Limerick Road portion of the Eastern Trail. Two news articles can be read here

Saco section of ET dedicated to Mary's Walk

A 2-mile section of the Eastern Trail that runs from Clark Street behind Thornton Academy to the trail kiosk on Route 1 by Hannaford was dedicated by the city of Saco to Mary Kerry Libby, for which the annual Mary’s Walk is named. Picture of plaque here.

Eastern Trail Full Moon Walks Media Coverage

The latest coverage is entitled "Moonlight walks on Eastern Trail offered by guides" appearing in the 2/2 Journal Tribune - read the full article here.

East Coast Greenway Alliance - January 2014 E-Newsletter

The Eastern Trail is an important part of the East Coast Greenway, a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard. The vision of developing this trail system is the East Coast Greenway Alliance - Read their January 2014 Newsletter online here.

Preliminary Eastern Trail Design Presented in Scarborough

The Town of Scarborough recently hosted a presentation on the preliminary design for the section of the ET that would close the gap between the Nonesuch River in Scarborough and Wainwright Fields in South Portland. This section of the trail presents significant challenges that are both logistical and financial, as you'll see. You can see this presentation in two ways: A slide show, and by watching a video from the meeting.

Here are some local news reports on this issue:

Crossing Improvements in Scarborough

The Town of Scarborough recently made improvements to the Eastern Trail crossings on Pine Point and Black Point roads, including the addition of marked crosswalks and flashing warning lights, to assist trail users in crossing. Of course, even with these upgrades, please stop and look both ways before crossing any of the roads along the ET.

Have you seen those Great Pictures of the Sept. 7 Maine Lighthouse Ride?

They are great, capturing the fantastic experience of both riders and volunteers. ETA Volunteer Jim Bucar has a great eye and donates much time to get these great photos. Go here to see the pictures.

Memorial Bridge Grand Opening Ceremony Held Aug 8

A big "Thank you" goes to Tom Littlefield and Judy Haley for participating in the ceremony to represent the Eastern Trail.  Tom rode as part of the ceremony and Judy was the main contact for the Eastern Trail Alliance.

The bridge, connecting Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME, is a critical link for the East Coast Greenway, and for those entering the Eastern Trail at its southernmost point.

Several news stories on the Grand Opening ceremony can be found on our News Archive Page.

Memorial Bridge Reopening Panorama shotMEMORIAL BRIDGE PROJECT PAGE - SeaCoastonline.com has a Rebuilding the Memorial Bridge page that provides a complete look at the Memorial Bridge project, including photo galleries, news stories and a timeline of events going back to the 2011 closure of the original 1923 bridge.

Also check out SeaCoastonline's Memorial Bridge Opening 2013 photo gallery

Additional details on the event and the bridge project can be found on the NH/ME DOT web page.

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