December 12, 2017
Community News Latest News | Poll Questions | Closings, Cancellations and Delays | Roy Moore | Susan Collins

Orono Bog Boardwalk to close for season six weeks early for reconstruction

Community Author:
Post Date:

The Orono Bog Boardwalk will close for the season at 4:30pm on Saturday October 14th. This is six weeks sooner than normal, but is necessary for the next phase of the Boardwalk reconstruction process. Between the mid-October closure and next spring’s reopening, 97 more sections of the Boardwalk will be replaced, along with two interpretive stations and three wheelchair turnouts. The newly-installed sections will be constructed of composite decking with cladded aluminum siding and stainless steel footings, as are the 251 sections installed in the past four years. Funds are currently being raised to complete the Orono Bog Boardwalk reconstruction project by late 2018.

A volunteer staff and a student intern maintain the Boardwalk and provide information and education for visitors, including school and community groups. The facility is jointly managed by the Orono Land Trust, the City of Bangor, and the University of Maine. Its operation and maintenance are funded entirely through donations, sales of Boardwalk merchandise, and grants.

For information about the Boardwalk or to volunteer for the October phase of reconstruction or contribute funds to the reconstruction and continued operation of the Boardwalk, visit umaine.edu/oronobogwalk/ or www.facebook.com/OronoBogBoardwalk/, e-mail jim.bird@umit.maine.edu, or call 866-2578.