BUCKSPORT, Maine — The town and the Bucksport Area Chamber of Commerce are collaborating to create a walking and trail map for visitors to the area.
The plan, according to Kathy Zeman, office manager at the Chamber, is to create handout which will include two maps on one side and ads from chamber members and photos of the area on the other.
“More and more people who are visiting on vacation are looking for active things to do,” Zeman said recently. “We’re trying to fill a need that people seem to want.”
Providing a map and guide for visitors to the area is long overdue, said David Milan, the town’s economic development director. Milan said the idea first surfaced several years ago.
“We’ve done a good job in building the infrastructure to attract people to the area, “ he said. “But we haven’t done much to identify a lot of the highlights for visitors.”
The town’s economic development committee decided to remedy that problem, he said, and work began on the map. When the chamber became aware that the map was being developed, it offered to help with the process and share the cost. The town is producing the map side and the chamber will provide the business ads and photos for the other side.
The first map will show a wider view of the area identifying the three walking trails the town has developed: the waterfront walk, the Miles Lane trails and the Silver Lake trails.
The three trails provide different walking opportunities for residents and visitors alike. The waterfront path is a flat, paved walk along the Penobscot River; the Miles Lane trail system includes wide, groomed trails of crusher dust; and the Silver Lake trails offer a more rustic walk, providing access to 78-acres of town-owned property. The town is currently developing plans to link the three trails which would provide about 9 miles of linked trails running from the river to Silver Lake.
A second map will show just the downtown area and will identify certain features of interest, including public restrooms, the public safety building, ATMs and Wi-Fi locations.
“We know this is something that people have said they want and we’re working with the Chamber to provide it,” Milan said. “We’re responding to what they want.”
The initial printing run will produce 2,000 copies of the map, which will be available at the Chamber and the municipal building.