2013 Facilities of Merit Award

Town of Yarmouth

Community volunteer Dan Ostrye and Yarmouth Community Services Director Marsha Noyes accepted the 2013 Facilities of Merit Award presented to the Town of Yarmouth for its development of the West Side Trail

MRPA is pleased to honor the Town of Yarmouth, Yarmouth Community Services, and the many local volunteers for the development of the West Side Trail.  The West Side Trail is a multi-use recreational trail that, upon completion, will stretch from the Cousins Island power station to Route 1 and eventually into Cumberland via the CMP power line corridor. This is a grassroots effort made possible by a license agreement between CMP and the town of Yarmouth. It is being built by local volunteers and is 100% funded through private donations and grants. The trail is designed primarily for hiking, trail running, mountain biking and snow shoeing. Some areas, depending on the topography, will support cross country skiing as well. No motorized vehicles will be allowed except for specialized handicap devices, as well as emergency and maintenance vehicles.

So far  about 4.5 miles of multi-use trails along the CMP transmission line in Yarmouth have been completed. In addition, Tyler Technologies in Yarmouth has allowed the WST to build trails on their property and link to their already established trails. The WST has been fortunate to receive a consulting grant with the National Park Service, as well as a Maine Regional Trails Program grant.