ORONO - The Orono Bog Boardwalk is getting a major facelift.
Since it opened for the first time back in June of 2003, nearly 300,000 people have used it to exercise and explore in the summer.
Managed by the Orono Land Trust, city of Bangor, and the University of Maine, the boardwalk is operated entirely by volunteers. After years of wear and tear, they say it's time for a renovation.
"It's starting to deteriorate," says Jim Bird, Director of the Orono Bog Boardwalk. "The new pieces are made out of composite material...we hope they last more than 20 years. We finished phase one and we were able to raise $224,000. Bought and purchased 105 sections which are out there at the boardwalk now."
The Boardwalk Management Team is now in phase two -- raising funds for the remaining boardwalk sections as well as two interpretive stations and three wheel chair turn-outs.
To make a donation, click here. Just make sure to designate "Orono Bog Boardwalk 2010 Campaign" on the support line.
The boardwalk is scheduled to open June 15th.