Residents and visitors alike turned out to Community Outdoor Day July 31 at the Camden Snow Bowl.

George Mueller, chairman of the Ragged Mountain Recreation Foundation campaign to build the new Community Outdoor Center, said that his informal poll showed that most of the 400-plus attendees had not been to the Snow Bowl before. The site of the future Outdoor Center was staked out so people could “walk in and look around” at where the building would be located.

The day featured mountain biking, guided hikes, kayaking and standup paddleboarding, food trucks, and of course chairlift rides. Partners in the event were the Midcoast Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine, Maine Sport, Sidecountry Sports, and First Tee, an organization to introduce first-time golfers to the sport. Tennis clinics were offered on the Snow Bowl courts by tennis pro Deb Merchant, and in the afternoon, the 55-piece Bangor Band performed on the ball field. The whole day was free and open to the public.

Those who went mountain biking were treated to tours on the new bike trails. Many chairlift riders walked down two new hiking trails, the Red Diamond Trail that stretches up to the summit and Sundown Ledge, as well as “Grassclipper,” a mowed path down the Clipper ski trail.

“What was great about this day was to see people out trying new activities,” said Karen Brace, community development director. “There were lots of families out here as well as senior citizens who wouldn’t experience the views of the Bay without the ride on the chairlift.”

Snow Bowl General Manager Landon Fake, who also serves as Camden’s director of Parks and Recreation, said that 220 people rode the chairlift.

”It was great to see lots of people out enjoying the Snow Bowl for its four-season opportunities,” he said. “When they experience all the activities here, including the concert, they see what the area offers in other seasons. Having the food trucks here was a great attraction too,” he added.

With the success of Community Outdoor Day, the event will be held annually. Chairlift rides will also be available during foliage season.