Saturday, September 22 – Happy Apple Trail Ride at McDougal Orchards for Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.
Three Rivers Land Trust, Sanford Parks & Recreation, Sanford Trails, Nasson Bike Center and Fast & Happy Bicycles are hosting a children’s trail ride on Saturday, September 22 at McDougal Orchards (201 Hanson Ridge Road, Springvale) to celebrate Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Start time is 8:30 AM and the last riders will head out at 11:00 AM. The event will end promptly at 12:00 PM.
Children 8 years and older and their families are invited to ride the easy trails at the orchard and enjoy some light apple refreshments afterward. Helmets are required for all riders. Bikes and helmets will be available on a first come, first served basis, but riders are encouraged to bring their own. All bikes and helmets will be checked before the ride, and the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation will be on site to promote bike safety and provide helmets to those in need. (www.michaelgouletfoundation.org) Pre-registration is encouraged at www.sanfordrec.com, and more information can be found on the “Happy Apple Trail Ride” event Facebook page.
The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a project of the Maine Outdoor Coalition, a network of partners dedicated to increasing connection to the outdoors for all people in Maine.
Sanford Parks and Recreation provides close-to-home, no or low-cost, readily available areas, facilities, programs and instruction, which provide fun physically active opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and interests.
The Sanford Trails Committee creates and manages the city of Sanford’s extensive and scenic trail systems, connecting neighborhoods, natural areas, the Mousam River and the downtowns of Sanford and Springvale. There are trails for all abilities: rugged footpaths, paved bike paths, historic walks, multi-purpose trails and a boardwalk. All trails are free to use for the general public.
Nasson Bikes Youth-Community Bicycle Center imparts life-long mechanical and life skills through bike repair and riding, while improving access to educational, economic and recreational opportunities, and inspiring a volunteer spirit in the youth of Sanford and Springvale. It’s “earn-a-bike” program allows youth to earn a bicycle by repairing donated bicycles for others in the community, or performing other needed tasks in the shop to earn credit toward a bike.
Fast & Happy Bicycles is a full service bicycle maintenance and repair shop in Springvale, selling both new and used bikes and offering weekly group rides and clinics.
Three Rivers Land Trust was founded in 2000 by a small group of citizens in concerned about the sale of thousands of acres in the area that were subsequently developed into house lots. Acres and acres of prime farmland and working forests were lost to our communities forever. In order to prevent something like this from happening again, the land trust was begun, and since then Three Rivers has conserved around 2,210 acres of public and private land, and now owns an additional 469 acres. Learn more about us here. We hold our board meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, 6 PM, at our office in Alfred on the corner of Kennebunk and Swetts Bridge Road. Members are welcome to attend.
Click here for more info on our “Goat Hill to Shapleigh Pond” conservation project. This rare opportunity to conserve 2,000 acres in Southern Maine began with the Romac Orchard and Goat Hill parcel. We’re now fundraising for Hansen Pond, a spectacular 275 acre parcel in Acton, that borders Shapleigh, and will protect over 100 acres of wetlands and Ossipee River frontage. Standing upon the shores of Shapleigh Pond, it is hard to believe that you are in Southern Maine. Please join our e-news list or like us on Facebook to receive invitations to walk the property and paddle the pond this summer.
Construction of the new trail to the top of Goat Hill is well underway. You will find a new 10-spot parking area about .25 miles north of the entrance to the Romac Orchard on H Road. Three Rivers is currently fundraising to complete the ADA compliant trail – more excavation work and plenty of stone dust are needed to complete the gently winding trail to the top. Everyone in our community should be able to enjoy the breathtaking views from the top!
To make a donation for Hansen Pond or the Goat Hill trail, please contact Ruth Gutman at “email@example.com” or by phone at (207) 370-4191.
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