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Work Begins on Riverside Trail Project

Western 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.

The 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 entire community. 

Trail work 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 contractors.

In 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. 

Additional 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 plans.

We look forward to seeing you on June 2nd.

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