Proponents of trail not shaken by bad news

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NORWAY – Despite failing to receive a trail grant to build a path around the as-yet unbuilt technology park, local trail enthusiasts say they are seeking alternative sources of money.

Ken Morse, a local trail plotter who applied for $30,000 from Maine’s Recreational Trails Program to construct a 2.7-mile pathway that overlooked Pennesseewassee Lake, said Tuesday that there are two other organizations that can be approached for funding.

Norway missed out on receiving the grant by seven-hundredths of a point, according to a state official, who said Maine doled out about half a million dollars in federal highway money to 30 trail projects this year, including trails in Minot and Bethel.

Len Bartel, vice-president of development for EnterpriseMaine, said he has sent a trail grant request to the Falmouth-based Davis Conservation Foundation for $10,000. EnterpriseMaine is the economic development organization behind the proposed Western Maine Office Technology Park on Roberts Road, off Route 117.

Bartel will also ask the private Field Pond Foundation in Massachusetts for another $10,000.

The total cost of the trail will add up to about $42,000, Morse has said, which includes a 500-foot-paved and handicap-accessible portion.

Bartel said that when EnterpriseMaine launches its fundraising campaign – part of its new strategic plan – there may be additional money for trail construction.

Updated plans for the technology park will likely be released today, according to the company’s head, Brett Doney.

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