UMaine News

BDN reports on wheelchair-accessible trail constructed by engineering students

The Bangor Daily News reported on the wheelchair-accessible Lac D’Or Trail at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton that was completed this fall. Constructed by students in the University of Maine Department of Engineering and Technology, it is the second pathway in the refuge’s new Trail of the Senses network, according to the article. Construction of the network began in fall 2016, when Hirundo naturalist Gudrun Keszöcze worked with the UMaine students to build the first trail in the network: the 0.15-mile Loop Trail. The trail has nature stations, or displays that visitors can interact with to learn more about their immediate surroundings through their five senses, the article states. The second phase of the project, the 0.17-mile Lac D’Or Trail, was constructed this fall by the students, who are still putting the finishing touches on the wheelchair-accessible observation deck located at the end of the trail on the shore of Lac D’Or, a manmade pond, the BDN reported.