Multiuse trail opening to include mountain bike demos Oct. 13

Oct 04, 2018
Courtesy of: Georges River Land Trust The grand opening of a new multiuse trail in Thomaston will be Oct. 13.

Rockland — Georges River Land Trust will hold a grand opening of its Oyster River Multiuse Trail Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the trail head at the end of Booker Street, a tenth of a mile east of the Maine State Prison Showroom in Thomaston. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Opening day festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, exploration of the new trails on foot or bikes, and free mountain bike demos by Sidecountry Sports.

This project, the result of a longstanding working relationship between the land trust and the Thomaston Conservation Commission, is a collaborative effort to engage local youth in healthy outdoor experiences through the construction of a professional single-track multi-use path through the town-owned forest.

Georges River Land Trust, the Midcoast Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine, Sidecountry Sports, Stonescape Masonry, and Oceanside Middle School have collaborated on the first phase of the project. These trails will support a new physical education program at Oceanside Middle School.

The school was the recipient of a Riding for Focus grant from the Specialized Foundation. it has been awarded 27 mountain bikes through the grant for physical education and after-school programs to use cycling as a tool for students to achieve academic, health and social success. The Riding for Focus program aims to provide a combination of cycling, fitness and academic performance, all while instilling a lifelong passion for the outdoors for students who participate in the program.

For more information, call 594-5166 or visit online at georgesriver.org.

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