June 9, 2010

WATERVILLEInland receives grant to construct trails

Morning Sentinel Staff

WATERVILLE -- Inland Hospital has been awarded a $35,000 Recreational Trail Program grant to build trails on and around its Kennedy Memorial Drive campus in Waterville.

The Inland-Lakewood trails, which will be open to the community for walking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, will feature a 1-mile loop trail on the hospital's 17-acre property and will link to the City of Waterville's Pine Ridge Recreational Area and an extended network of trails.

A 24-foot bridge crossing a small stream will be constructed by the Maine Conservation Corps in July.

Administered by the Maine Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands, the federal trails grant program provides funds for a variety of trails across the state. The grant funding covers 73 percent of the $48,000 total project cost with the balance of the funding provided by the hospital, Lakewood and in-kind donations.

Anyone with limited mobility will benefit from this path, including Lakewood residents and cardiac rehab patients from Heart First's Marden Cardiac Rehab Center at 244 Kennedy Memorial Drive.

The Inland and Lakewood trails are expected to be complete by early fall.

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