Hope For The Future–Saving Hope Woods
Kennebunk, ME June 10, 2019 – On May 19, 2019, the community gathered in the meadow of Hope Woods to celebrate the success of the Hope Woods Conservation Initiative. Attendees heard from Hope Woods Conservation Co-chairs George C. Harrington and Tom Wellman, Hope Cemetery Presisent Betsy T. Stevens, Honorary Co-chairs Tom and Kate Chappell, Land for Maine’s Future representative Tom Miragliuolo, and Maine Coast Heritage Trust Land Protection Manager Keith Fletcher. A ceremonial ribbon cutting opened the trails to all forever.
Refreshments were provided by Destination Catering, with their vintage Airstream Caravan serving ice cream and homemade rhubarb soda instead of the usual cocktails and raw bar. The day’s events concluded with guided walks of Hope Woods with Maine Master Naturalists Gordon Collins, Joan Hull, and Linda Grenfell.
“We are pleased and grateful to have met our campaign goal of $1.4 million, which has saved the Woods and provided much-needed funds for the financial stability of Hope Cemetery,” said George C. Harrington. The campaign raised funds to begin work on a universally accessible trail, and we are already beginning. We will continue to seek donations for this and other projects.”
“Kennebunk Land Trust is proud to be the conservation easement holder for Hope Woods and we look forward to partnering with the Friends of Hope Cemetery & Woods to enhance public access to open space and protect areas that allow wildlife to thrive,” said KLT Director Sarah Stanley.
All are invited to enjoy Hope Woods – open daily from dawn to dusk. Access the trails from the rear of Hope Cemetery on Barnard Lane, Wood Pond Lane, Fletcher Street across from Mechanic Street, or at Woodhaven Drive. A copy of the trail map can be downloaded from the Hope Cemetery & Woods website https://hopecemeterykennebunk.com/woods/ or pick up a copy at Kennebunk Free Library, Kennebunk Parks & Recreation office, or Kennebunk Land Trust office.
Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting in Celebration of Hope Woods Conservation Initiative Success: Front row l-r: Laura Dolce (KKA Chamber of Commerce), Tom Chappell (Honorary Co-Chair), Kate Cheney Chappell (Honorary Co-Chair), George C. Harrington (Campaign Co-Chair), Betsy T. Stevens (Hope Cemetery Corporation), Sarah Stanley (Kennebunk Land Trust), Bonnie Pothier (Sen. King’s office), and Prentiss Kurtz (Sen. Collins’ office). Back row l-r: Tom Miragliuolo (Land for Maine’s Future), Brad Paige (Kennebunk Savings), Tom Wellman (Campaign Co-Chair), and Blake Baldwin (Kennebunk Selectman).