Sports & Recreation

Maine State Parks Offer New Year’s Fun with Four “First Day Hikes”

Maine State Parks Offer New Year’s Fun with Four “First Day Hikes”

New Year’s revelers will get the chance this year to welcome in 2012 in a new way, with four guided “First Day Hikes” sponsored by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL), under the Maine Department of Conservation.

Maine state parks are joining a nationwide initiative among all 50 states to offer “First Day Hikes” as way for individuals and families to connect with great outdoor fun and to create special, holiday memories. The Jan. 1 hikes mark the first time all U.S. state park systems have joined together to sponsor the event.

As part of the initiative, four easy and fun “First Day Hikes,” led by park staff at four different Maine state parks, will take place on Sunday, Jan. 1. All the hikes are free – in fact, no admission will be charged at any open Maine state park on New Year’s Day.

“What a great way to start the New Year – outside at Maine state parks!” said Will Harris, BPL director.

Sign up to volunteer at the Fit at 5K road race

Sign up to volunteer at the Fit at 5K road race

Saturday, October 8, 2011
Payson Park, Portland, ME

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Register Now for MaineShare's Hike and Bike

Going for a hike or a bike ride this summer can help make Maine a better place to live. MaineShare's annual Hike and Bike event will take place now through Labor Day. This "Smaller Footprint" event allows participants to choose their own hike, bike ride, or walk from anywhere while raising money for MaineShare. The "Virtual Hike and Bike" works like any other event. You collect pledges, go out and hike or bike on the day that is convenient and send in your donations. The virtual format saves time, paper, and precious fuel while offering more flexibility for participants. With no expenses involved every dollar raised goes to MaineShare.

MaineShare raises funds for 38 statewide groups working for clean air, safe food and water, and equal rights for all the people of Maine. To find out more about MaineShare and to register for the Hike and Bike event visit: www.maineshare.org.

Olympians Win Big at Summer Games

The Special Olympic team sponsored by The Progress Center proudly brought 17 medals and 12 ribbons back to the Oxford Hills.  These medals and ribbons represent participation in 9 different events by 15 team members.