2013-01-25 / Community

Land trust secures easement

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust announced the acquisition of a recreational trail corridor adjacent to its recently acquired Robinson Woods II property. Donated by Cape Elizabeth residents Kirk and Nancy St. John, the trail easement provides a link within the town’s 7.5-mile cross-town trail corridor.

Trust Executive Director Chris Franklin shared the news of this recent acquisition with the following statement, “For many years walkers, runners and bikers have enjoyed access across portions of this property, but this agreement is designed to ensure carefully managed and continued public access along a new trail corridor connecting to our recent purchase at Robinson Woods II.”

It is expected that the necessary permitting and trail design work will allow the new trail to be open to the public by this coming summer. Providing an essential link between the methodist church on Route 77 in Cape Elizabeth and the Robinson Woods properties off Shore Road will be a component of more than a mile of trails through protected conservation lands.

The new trail corridor will be available during daylight hours for non-motorized recreational use, including walking, jogging, skiing, snowshoeing, scenic conservation, nonmotorized bicycling and hiking, as well as to provide access for general education activities. Dog walking is also permitted, provided all dogs remain leashed while on the property.

Franklin reiterated his gratitude to the landowners for enabling access across their lands, “These trail connectors are essential links in the town greenbelt as they literally stitch together a network of connected and complementary conservation properties. We are grateful to Kirk and Nancy for this opportunity, and trust that visitors will continue to respect adjacent private property and will appreciate this wonderful gift for generations to come.”

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