A big thank you to all our Adopt the Trail Sponsors, who help keep the trail beautiful for all to use.
Trail Improvements: Porta-potties and a Mile Zero Marker
The Kennebec River Rail Trail Board of Supervisors, working with all four municipalities along the Trail, has installed portable toilets at key access points, one in each community. The toilets will remain in all seasons, and will be maintained by the Board. The locations are: at the trail entrance beneath the Memorial Bridge in Augusta, at the quay in Granite City Park in Hallowell, at the trail entrance on Route 201 across from KV Lane in Farmingdale, and at the trail’s end at the Hannaford parking lot in Gardiner. This has been one of the most requested infrastructure improvements, and we hope it will increase the comfort of many using the Trail.
The Friends and Board of Supervisors are also planning for the installation of a new “Mile Zero” granite stone to mark the official beginning of the trail at the Augusta Waterfront. The marker will be an engraved granite piece bearing the KRRT logo and the text “Begin – Mile 0.0”, set flush with the pavement at the proposed location shown in the photograph above. We are hoping that this installation will occur next summer.
Lesley Jones Retirement from the Friends Board
For many years (as many as anyone can remember!), Lesley Jones has been an integral part of the Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail. She served as Treasurer for the group for many years, ran the adopt-a-trail program, and brought her substantial experience to bear on countless maintenance and infrastructure issues. With her day job serving as Augusta’s Director of Public Works, she was also a critical link between the Trail community and the City of Augusta. Lesley will be retiring from the Board at the end of 2022, so friends and board members met recently for a thank-you celebration. A cake bearing the KRRT logo featured prominently in the festivities. Nobody there, including Lesley herself, could remember how many years she has been serving the trail…but no matter, we thank her so very much for each and every one of them!
Ironman Augusta 2023 was a great success with over 1800 competitors from many countries.
You can see results here: https://www.ironman.com/im703-maine-results.
Ironman 70.3 Maine is coming back to the Trail, scheduled for July 28, 2024. Get all the details for next year’s race on the Ironman website at: https://www.ironman.com/im703-maine
Do you like to get outdoors to walk, bicycle, run or in-line skate?
Then join us on the trail!
The 6.5 mile Kennebec River Rail Trail welcomes locals and visitors alike for walking, running, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and dog walking. The trail parallels the existing rail bed along the Kennebec River, and stretches from Augusta Maine’s Waterfront Park, through the towns of Hallowell and Farmingdale, to its conclusion in the city of Gardiner, Maine.
The Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail was formed as a non-profit in 1996 to assist in the construction, maintenance and promotion of the 6.5 mile long rail trail from Augusta to Gardiner Maine. As a non-profit, the Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail relies on its members for financial support and volunteering to assist in the maintenance of the trail as well as financial contributions from business and foundations.
We welcome your support, both financial gifts and donations of time for doing volunteer work on the trail. For more information, please contact us at:
Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail
PO Box 2195
Augusta, ME 04338
Memeber of the East Coast Greenway
From Augusta to Gardiner Maine