Bangor’s Saxl Park Rededicated 

Governor John Baldacci joined nature lovers in Bangor Saturday to celebrate a much-loved park.Today marked the 25-th anniversary of the rededication of Saxl Park, which is located on the grounds of the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center.The park is named after Joe Saxl, who was superintendent of the center when it was the Bangor Mental Health Institute.Saxl believed in bringing the community and the hospital together to help get rid of the stigma surrounding mental illness.For years, the space has been an informal public park, but a recent bill made it official…it’s now legally recognized as one of Bangor’s public parks.That means it’s protected from future development.There was also a big announcement from the Bangor Trails Group.<"they, in conjunction with Dorothea Dix and EMCC, have formed an agreement to create the first segment, about a mile or so, of the Bangor Trail'll go in and around Bangor on into the future.">The Bangor Trails Group is comprised of members of Keep Bangor Beautiful, the Bangor Land Trust and the City of Bangor.Saturday’s announcement coincided with “National Trails Day.”