New England update, December 2016

Part of the newest section of the Down East Sunrise Trail in Ellsworth, Maine. The trail was celebrated at an official opening on December 2. Bangor Daily News photo

Officials met in November to cut a second ribbon on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Cheshire, CT.  Four miles of spine trail have been completed in Cheshire alone this year. On hand were representatives from the town of Cheshire, the design and engineering firms, and several dozen happy trail users. James Redeker, commissioner of the state’s Department of Transportation, was awarded an East Coast Greenway tile by Bruce Donald, ECG regional coordinator, for his continuing efforts to close the gaps in Connecticut’s 200-mile route.

Ski and snow shoe on Down East Sunrise Trail
 Join East Coast Greenway Alliance, Frenchman Bay Conservancy, & Sunrise Trail Coalition on Saturday, February 4, from 10 am – 12 pm for our annual cross country ski and snow shoe event in celebration of Great Maine Outdoor WeekendMeet at the Down East Sunrise Trail parking lot on Railroad Siding Road, off Washington Junction Road in Ellsworth (see map) at 10 am. Refreshments to follow around a bonfire! Event is free and open to the public. Click here for more details and to register. Please note: February 18 is the alternative date if the weather does no cooperate. Contact with any questions.

Walking the Eastern Trail in Bug Light Park in South Portland, ME. Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald photo


Recent media: Eastern Trail users celebrate extension of off-road pathOfficials celebrate Sunrise Trail extension into central Ellsworth | Outdoor Enthusiasts Gather to Mark Completion of Downeast Sunrise Trail | Simsbury Gets State Money To Connect Trail To Hartford | The Hemlock Road property in Boxford: what you need to know | Hartford touted as a bike-friendly city  | State official rides Franklin rail trail | St. Lucie to receive more than $1.2M in state funding for trails


Got questions, want to share news? Write to Molly Henry, New England Coordinator


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