Milbridge Commons Wellness Park
A Collaborative Project Between
Women for Healthy Rural Living
and Maine Coast Heritage Trust
You are in downtown Milbridge. But a quick walk transports you to a place of natural splendor, serenity and a sense of remoteness. You have arrived at Milbridge Commons, where you are instantly connected to nature via the sweeping views of Narraguagus Bay, winding walking trails that follow the curve of the land, and in summer months, bountiful gardens, lush with organic vegetables.
The Women for Healthy Rural Living has collaborated with Maine Coast Heritage Trust to make this vision a reality. Together we have created a community space at Milbridge Commons that will transform the health and vitality of our modest village.
Milbridge Commons information/guidelines:
- Open dawn to dusk (unless prior arrangements are made)
- Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not permitted on the walking track
- Dogs must be kept on leash
- Must pick up after your pet
- Carry in/carry out
- No fires or camping
- Respect private property
- Respect other visitors’ peaceful use and enjoyment of the park
Incredible Edible Milbridge Gardens
Milbridge Commons features one of WHRL’s two Incredible Edible Milbridge large free pick-your-own veggie gardens in Milbridge. The Commons features 18,000 square feet of organically grown veggies that are free to pick and enjoy! Click here to learn more about Incredible Edible Milbridge.
The Children’s Garden at Milbridge Commons creates a magical backdrop for learning. It provides opportunities to discover all the amazing things unfolding in the garden world. Kids get to explore, get their hands dirty, and observe the rhythms of nature. Interactive, fun, ever-changing.
Milbridge Commons is the perfect place for your family picnic!
Ed Flannagan Pollinator Garden
While serving 24 years as CEO at Wyman’s of Maine, Ed was a leader in the effort to save the honeybees. He delivered testimony to a Congressional hearing on USDA funding for bee health, where he warned, “No bees, no berries.” Under Ed’s leadership, Wyman’s has grown to be a national leader in bee conservation. Ed’s contributions are not limited to the insect world. Ed and wife Jane have also strengthened the Downeast community through their advocacy and philanthropy, crafting a legacy of caring and compassion.
Children's Little Free Library
This “Whimsical Tree House” Little Free Library sits next to the Children’s Garden. We thank community member, Aaron Dvorkin, for his artistry and skill in crafting what looks like a quaint tree house growing by the garden. Open the glass door and you’ll find a delightful display of books for kids related to gardening and nature. Take a book, leave a book!
This library is part of the Downeast Roots Little Free Library and Art Trail.
Bill Arnold Memorial Bench
This granite bench constructed by Jesse Salisbury, was placed in 2019 to honor Bill Arnold, one of Incredible Edible Milbridge’s very first volunteers.
“I didn’t want to place a formal bench in a landscape that is celebrating nature. What I wanted to do was put a natural boulder back in the landscape that hides a perfect relaxing spot in front of a fantastic view.” ~ Jesse Salisbury
Milbridge Commons Walking Trail
The trail at Milbridge Commons follows the curve of the land offering sweeping views of the Narraguagus Bay. This loop is 975′ long. Walking can complete a mile in just under 5 1/2 laps. This 6′ wide trail has a deep gravel base topped with stone dust that makes it easier on the joints than pavement. It is stroller and wheelchair friendly allowing everyone access to this fabulous space.
Created by Maeve Perry, this delightful butterfly wall is the perfect spot for photo opportunities!
The Views at McClellan Park Lighthouse
Artist, Janie Snider, painted “The Views at McClellan Park” lighthouse as a tribute to McClellan Park in Milbridge. “The painting is my understanding of the views from daylight to dusk in a 360• view!” The lighthouse was purchased at auction and donated to Women for Healthy Rural Living who chose to give this beautiful artwork a permanent home at Milbridge Commons.
Children's Play Area
Two elements of our children’s play area will be installed this summer. Stay tuned!