Bangor Land Trust Announces Plan For Walden Parke Preserve 

After two years of planning, the Bangor Land Trust is excited about the Walden Parke Preserve. “A lot of people came to us when we were first given this land and said please don’t develop it, please keep it really wild, please keep it just as primitive as it is always was and that’s what we’re doing,” says Lucy Quimby, the President of the Bangor Land Trust.Outdoor enthusiasts will have plenty to do without leaving Bangor, all they’ve got to do is drive out Essex Street. “Hiking, it’s a great bird watching place, mountain biking,” says Quimby, “when it snows, there’ll be a lot cross country skiing and snow shoeing. I’ve spent a lot of happy hours out here with my snow shoes.”Quimby says the area will still leave quite a bit to the imagination. “There is one wide trail that we call our blue trail that we’ll have a published map for and then there are a bunch of really narrow trails that we’re going to mark as trails,” she says, “we’re not going to have maps just because some people like the thrill of knowing they could get lost if they don’t pay attention so they’re going to have that opportunity out there.”Quimby says they’ve received some funding from local contributors like Bangor Hydro and Maine Distributors, but they’re counting on some help from volunteers. “The trails need some work and that’s a big project for next summer,” she says, “there are some areas that are wet and muddy and we’re going to be digging some drainage ditches and putting in some bog bridges so that people will be able to use it without damaging the trail.”If you’re interested in volunteering at the Walden Parke Preserve, call the Bangor Land Trust at 942-1010, or send them an email at [email protected]