Progress Center invites public to trail

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NORWAY — The Progress Center will host its fourth annual Day of Giving on June 3 to celebrate the American Hiking Society’s 19th annual National Trails Days by inviting people to come walk on the Matthew Record Memorial Park and Trail.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Progress Center, 35 Cottage St. in Norway. The head of the fully handicapped accessible trail is located next to the parking lot at the Progress Center. The trail has been declared a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat.

The Progress Center, which serves handicapped individuals, began construction of the small memorial park and trail in 2008 in memory of Matt Record, who died in 2006. It was completed over a three-year period and is open to the public at dusk and on weekends.

“The Matthew Record Memorial Park and Trail is what it is today because of the efforts of those volunteers who have come out to help us year after year. It is such a serene place to visit and is just minutes from downtown Norway,” Kristin Benedix, executive director, said in a statement released this week.

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The combination linear and loop trail is less than one-half mile long and connects with the Railroad Trail off Beal Street in Norway.

National Trails Day began in 1993 to get people outside to hike, bike, ride horses, take paddle trips, do trail maintenance and other activities. For more information about National Trails Day, visit www.AmericanHiking.org.

For more information on the Progress Center’s 2011 trail event, visit the website at www.progresscentermaine.org or contact Priscilla Burnette at PriscillaBurnette@progresscentermaine.org or call 207-743-8049 ext. 266.

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