ORONO – It’s a great place to learn about the environment or just to get close to nature.
The Orono Bog Boardwalk opened for the season Monday morning.
Despite the gloomy weather, a group of people turned out to celebrate the work that has been done and to get ready for the job ahead.
Volunteers have already helped replace 300 of the 509 sections of pressure treated lumber with composite decked that will last much longer. But they can’t preserve this local treasure without help.
Director Jim Bird said “Each section costs $1,400, so you can multiply that out. It gets pretty expensive, but we’re doing okay. We’ve got a number of grants. Had a lot of donors. So we’re going to try to get it all done by the end of 2018.”
More than 320,000 people have visited the bogwalk since it opened in 2003.
They plan to continue the restoration project over the months ahead and could use all the financial help they can get.