KATAHDIN REGION – A new recreation facility has been proposed for an area near Baxter State Park and Maine’s new national monument.
Philanthropist Gilbert Butler wants to build a $5 million facility on the East Branch of the Penobscot River. It would be used to expose Maine students to mountain biking, hiking and other outdoor recreation activities.
According to the “Bangor Daily News,” Butler fell in love with the Katahdin area when he began kayaking there several years ago.
It would be the first large scale investment in the area since president Obama approved the creation of the national monument.
The Department of Environmental Protection is now reviewing the plan .
An informational presentation will be held Thursday at 6:00 at the Katahdin Region Higher Education Center in East Millinocket.