Timeline of the Merrymeeting Trail

Highlights:
 – Completion of a feasibility and planning study
 – Designated a Trail of Statewide Significance
 – Maine Department of Transportation approves on-road interim bike route for Merrymeeting Trail, with signs posted
 – The four municipalities surrounding Merrymeeting Trail signed inter-local agreement to create Board of Supervisors
 – Received grants totaling $205,830 to aid in constructing the trail

Merrymeeting Trail Accomplishments, 2008 – present

2008 – Representatives from Topsham, Bowdoinham, Richmond, and Gardner sign a memo of agreement supporting a regional trail system

2008 – Work plan is developed and trail corridor planning begins

2009First round of funding, received approx. $45,000 in funding from municipalities and state & regional grants

2009 – Granted planning and organizational assistance from NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

2010 – Development of website and Merrymeeting Trail logo

2011Completion of a feasibility and planning study

2013 – Capital to Coast exploratory bike ride held from Bath to Gardiner, traveling along on-road interim Merrymeeting Trail route

2014 Capital to Coast trail, of which Merrymeeting Trail is a piece, is declared a “trail of statewide significance”

2014 Maine DOT approves interim on-road route, trail brochure developed

2015 – Merrymeeting Trailblazers established, a supporting friends group of citizens, nonprofits, and town staff

2015 – On road bike signs put up and another Capital to Coast bike ride is held

2016 – Board of supervisors created and bylaws written

2016 – Bowdoinham and Topsham expand stretches of roads and add trails, increasing accessibility and safety for bikers and pedestrians

2017 – 2nd annual Merrymeeting Bay Bike Tour is held during Bowdoinham’s Farm Day