You could say the ATV trails in Frenchville are as good as new. The club was hard at work fixing them up after they received a good chunk of change to do so.
Paul Bernier, Director of Aroostook County Public Works says, “they basically started at one end of the system to the other, hauled in a lot of gravel, brushing, grading, installed some culverts, the trail is up to specs.”
All 30 plus miles of it. The ATV club was able to make this happen because the town received a 15-thousand dollar municipal grant from the Department of Conservation: Bureau of Parks and Lands. Bernier says there really hadn’t been much maintenance done on these trails for the last 7 or 8 years, so it was about time. And with this money they were also able to complete some bigger projects. The first was collaborating with the Frenchville snowmobile club to redo the St Luce bridge off Church Avenue, which the snowmobile club owns. And the second was renovating Mohawk camp.
“It was painted..new windows, the interior was all redone, all the landscaping outside was taken care of,” Bernier says, “we’ve added some picnic tables, there’s a firepit with a BBQ grill on it.”
Bernier says for a number of years this camp was not maintained on a regular basis. And now they’ve turned it into a spot where riders can come up, relax, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy a beautiful view of the SJ Valley”
“People love it,” he says “you always see vehicles up here now – the bridge, a lot of great comments on that, the bridge, they can’t believe the work that was done..it looks awesome..professionally done and a great job.”
And if you don’t believe him, just check out the camp’s guest book – that’s already filled with notes from happy campers. Bernier says completing this project was so important because these trails are a crucial link to the rest of the Valley.