(Photo by Gene Randall)
(Photo by Gene Randall)
A grant from Maine Community Foundation has enabled Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition (BBWC) to purchase enough cedar planks to replace most of the 180 aging and breaking bog bridges along the five-mile trail through Belfast. A team of volunteers from the Waldo County Reentry Center has been helping BBWC’s Trail Crew carry the planks into place along the trail, which runs from the Belfast Water District on Route 1 to the University of Maine Hutchinson Center on Route 3.

Started at the turn of the current century, the first mile went from the Water District to  Perkins Road. In 2005, a Project Canopy grant from the Maine Forest Service allowed BBWC to extend the trail to the Walsh Ball Fields on Route 52. The final stretch to the Hutchinson Center was built with BBWC funds. The trail has been continuously maintained by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition Trail Crew.

The public is able to enjoy the trail due to the generosity of private landowners, the City of Belfast, Waldo County, and the Belfast Water District.