Lake George Regional Park in Canaan and Skowhegan received $ 15,000 through the Maine Community Foundation’s 2021 Conservation All Fund to repair and improve water drainage for a nature-friendly playground and on the nautical theme. The playground, designed to encourage both the imagination and healthy activities of preschoolers, is expected to be completed by fall 2022, depending on future funding.
The location of the playground was chosen because of its proximity to a busy area and the existing Octagon building, which will be converted into a playground. The French drain will be installed with stone and pipes through several ditches to reduce standing water in the spring and early summer.
A hand-built, hand-crafted 24-foot sailboat will complement the Octagon building as an imaginary playhouse / lighthouse. Surrounding fields, forests and areas of glacial boulders will create a unique playground experience with adjoining gardens, a forest path and seating. The trail will also include learning and fitness activities for children.
Lake George Regional Park was started almost 30 years ago to secure a 320-acre parcel of lake and lakeside access straddling the communities of Skowhegan, Canaan and Cornville. It now welcomes approximately 35,000 visitors each year to its public beaches, picnic areas, boat launch, wooded trails and other areas of the park.
The park has a balance bike trail for learners (Tiny Tots Trail) and a mountain bike trail for beginners / intermediates (Modin Trail), rents paddle boats and offers introductory lessons to several outdoor recreation skills thanks to its new recreation program. Many of the officially organized outdoor recreation activities are offered free of charge to the public.
The park partners and collaborates with community organizations including Somerset Public Health, Redington Fairview General Hospital, Outdoor Sports Institute, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, and Skowhegan Outdoors (Main Street Skowhegan).
Founded in 1983, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all residents of Maine.