Lisbon Trails Events and Information
Lisbon Trails Commission Meeting 1/16/2013 7:00 Town Office Training or Conference Room
Minutes - Attendance - Agenda updates
Discussion of next year’s priorities and budget items list
Bike events – Routes
Trail/Park Plan for new section
Lisbon Bike & Pedestrian Plan Visioning Discussion
The Lisbon Bike & Pedestrian Plan’s purpose is:
To make Lisbon a healthy and conducive environment for non-vehicular travel. This being done through a clear vision of planned infrastructure enhancement, standards, efficiency, continuity, desirability, safety, investment value, education, promotion, coordination and data reporting.
Priorities, goals and objectives
- Build on strengths
- Bike friendly
RALA – Council presentation 1/21
The new Androscoggin River section of the Lisbon trail system is under contract and scheduled to be constructed. You are welcome to participate in the ground breaking on Tuesday, 10/22 at 11:00 – Parking Area at Rte.196/Frost Hill Ave.
The Lisbon Trails Commission is meeting 10/17 at 7:00 – Town Office Training Room
Member of the community are encouraged to participate in the process to promote health and the quality of life in Lisbon. Your participation can help guide our Bike-Pedestrian Plan, Complete Streets Policy, Open Space Access and other issues of concern.
Entrance to the Furbish bench area after site work:
Lisbon Active Community Team
Bike Club - Group Cycle - Wed. 6 PM - Leave from MTM and cycle 1 hour around Lisbon’s scenic roads
Commission Meeting Agenda - July 18, 2013 7:00
- Priorities for the next year
- Complete Streets Policy
- Construction update
- ATRC Bridging the Gaps – Lisbon B/P Plan
- Maintenance and enhancements
Thanks to all those who helped make this possible and Rita for her indomitable commitment to enhancing life in Lisbon. Her contribution to civic life here is beyond measure.
Join in dedication of the bench Fri. 7/12 at 5:00
Lisbon Trails Commission – June 20 Meeting 7:00
Attendance – Minutes – Visitors – Agenda changes
Androscoggin Trail construction project report
Feeder Connection Planning
Connections to Lewiston-Topsham-Durham
Coordination – Planning
Council workshop 5/28 review
Park/Trails Plan – Bylaws 7/2
Trail maintenance issues
- Donation Site A – Wood chip landscaping
- Kiosk information
- Knotweed management – Rodent/disease control
- Ricker Maples – Dieing
- Historic Marker Site – Steps
- Mill Street – Change gate to bollard
- Summer Street – Change barrier to bollard
Trail donation update
Route 196 Master Plan – Final meeting 7/11
Lisbon-Durham Bridge design
Bike/Pedestrian facilities planning
- Bus bike rack – Schedule/stops
- Connections – Center Street to Bauer Street
- ATRC priorities
- Plan Mapping
- Coordination of projects and uses
Conservation Commission update
The Androscoggin Trail construction process is getting underway with strong interest in bidding from contractors. The target for completion of construction of the additional two miles from Papermill Trail to Lisbon Falls is by the end of this construction season. Further progress updates will be posted.
Lisbon – Durham Bridge Replacement
The existing bridge between Lisbon and Durham has been in service for nearly eighty years, so it is reasonable to expect the current design decisions to shape our communities for the next century.
Your support is needed to have the Durham-Lisbon bridge design include bike and pedestrian facilities and safe connections for auto and pedestrian use. The proposed design does not do so and will go ahead, unless public comments show the community considers these important. The alternative connection to Route 196 would allow much greater public access to the riverfront, the Androscoggin Trail, future trail connection to Topsham and would promote downtown redevelopment. They will only give this option further consideration if it has strong public support.
MaineDOT is particularly interested in learning local views relative to project consistency with local comprehensive plans, discovering local resources, and identifying local concerns and issues. Anyone with an interest in having the bridge designed to support pedestrian, bike, ATV, snowmobile, public access to the waterfront and tourism can submit their comments to Leanne.Timberlake@maine.gov .
Council Workshop Tuesday May 28th
Trails Commission effort was supported by public attendance and hundreds more through signatures. The Council agrees that the addition of the donation will be a public benefit and should go ahead. The Lisbon Trails Commission will continue as established by the Town Charter with responsibility for making park trails rules, with Council support. Town staff and the Trails Commission selected the site near the boat launch end or the trail, but on a side path with a view to the rapids, as the site for the donation. The donation will be a granite bench with a back and some landscaping to facilitate access. The larger sites for further enhancements, such as the swinging bench, will be available with landscaping.
Contact the Trails Commission if you wish to donate or have grant recommendations.
I, RITA E. FURBISH, WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A SWINGING BENCH ERECTED ON A CLEARED SCENIC OVERLOOK OFF THE PAPERMILL TRAIL. KEN VOORHEES OF LITTLE RIVER TIMBER FRAMES WOULD CONSTRUCT THIS SWINGING BENCH. I WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THIS CARPENTER, FOR CEMENT BASES FOR THE SIDE FRAMES, FOR A PLAQUE HONORING MY RECENTLY DECEASED HUSBAND, ROGER F. FURBISH, AND ANY OTHER EXPENSE INVOLVED.
THIS SPOT COULD BE ENJOYED BY ALL FOR YEARS TO COME
Trail Is Popular With Many Different Types of Users Destructive Invasive Species Devastates Indigenous Ecology When Left Uncontrolled With the help of local volunteers the Trails Commission has cleared an area of Japanese Knotweed, according to UMaine, State of Maine and The Nature Conservancy best practices. The waterfront site and has to date shown great promise as and example of successful non-chemical restoration of natural habitat.