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A resourceful river runs here
RUMFORD- In 1970 it was the Clean Air Act created by Senator Edmund Muskie that was dubbed “His most outstanding achievement.” In 2011, it could be remembered as the citizens' most outstanding achievement by creating more recreation near the Androscoggin River.
Jim Rinaldo and Bill Hine of the River Valley Growth Council are looking forward to working with local residents to achieve a more resourceful River Valley by way of creating scenic views in the creation of walking paths along the River.
“We already have the infrastructure in place,” noted Rinaldo. “Why not use it to our advantage and have a walking trail along the river beginning above McDonald's at the boat launch and bring it all the way down to Hosmer Field and we could maybe even have a bridge over Swift River connecting it to the Mexico Rec Park.”
There are walking trails already in existence the Morris Bridge and the library that run parallel to the river. Then in Hosmer Field, there is another mile of beautifully landscaped trail along the Swift River that has proven to be very popular with locals.
This trail job is too large of a project for just these two men, so they're reaching out to the rest of the community to create an Androscoggin River Committee to bring forth ideas on how locals would like to see the project move forward.
“The first thing we need to do,” noted Rinaldo. “Is to talk with land owners and get their permission to place an official trail through the parcels they own. We want everyone to be on board with this idea and create a sense of community through the use and maintenance of the trails.”
Anyone looking to become involved in the project is asked to contact Jim Rinaldo by calling the River Valley Growth Council at 369-0396, his home at 364-2983, emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Bill Hine by calling 562-8278.