Begins on Riverside
Maine Health Vice President of Clinical Services, M.
Patricia Cook announced recently work is scheduled to
begin at the end of May on the new Riverside
Trail. This trail is to be developed with $160,000
grant from The New Balance Foundation to Western Maine
Health (WMH) designated for the construction and future
activities on the trail.
Riverside Trail will connect the Viking Trail at Oxford
Hills Comprehensive High School and the trail at the
Oxford Hills Middle School. When completed the
trail will be suitable for multiple outdoor activities,
be wheelchair accessible and stroller friendly, and the
site of ongoing physical activity programs for the
will be coordinated by Healthy Oxford Hills (HOH) and
completed in two sections, with much of the construction
and labor being done by the Maine Conservation Corps
(MCC) Field Teams. MCC Field Teams have been
carrying out conservation projects for over two decades,
working in areas from Grafton Notch State Park to Acadia
National Park. Teams generally consist of 6
individuals who will work four ten hour days per week
for 14 - 16 weeks until the project is complete.
The group will be camping in the area during this
time. The work on the first part of the trail will
require heavy equipment and will be done by local
celebration of National Trails Day, Saturday, June 2nd,
WMH and HOH will coordinate a volunteer trail clean up
beginning at 8:30 am and ending about 11:30 am.
Come for an hour or the entire morning. Families
and friends will gather at the Viking Trail trailhead
located near the OHCHS parking lot near Western Maine
University. Water, plastic bags and plastic gloves
will be provided, or bring your own.
volunteer opportunities for trail clean up as well as
assisting the MCC staff with the project and community
support will be announced as soon as the team has time
to assess the construction site and formalize their
forward to seeing you on June 2nd.