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Accessible Trail to be Built at Sanford Community Forest 

Flagging tape marks the eventual route of a new handicapped accessible trail
at Sanford Community Forest

Photo:  Lee Burnett

Three Rivers Land Trust secured a $50,000 grant this week to build a handicapped accessible trail at Sanford Community Forest on outer Oak Street. 

Funding from the Recreational Trails Program will enable construction of a meandering third of a mile trail from a recently completed gravel parking lot to an existing clearing. Funding will also pay for picnic tables, a chamber-type outhouse, and a three-panel kiosk. 

Many organizations wrote letters of support for the project, including Mousam Way Land Trust, Rotary Club, Maine Audubon, Native Plant Trust, Y Trafton Senior Center, Great Bay Services, Adaptive Outdoor Education Center, and Ethan Gouin, Sanford Middle School teacher. 

The trail is part of a plan to expand public access, provide educational opportunities and restore ecological health of the forest.  

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