Milbridge Commons Wellness Park

A coastal green space that enhances well-being through physical activity, nutritious food, connections to nature and one another.

Imagine this.

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. Picnic tables, a magical playground, and a children’s garden offer family fun.

Women for Healthy Rural Living collaborated with Maine Coast Heritage Trust to make this vision a reality. Together we have created a community destination at Milbridge Commons that reflects the character of the community and serves the needs and interests of its people.

Park Use

Public Welcome!

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

Our Summer Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to explore Milbridge Commons with your children!

Park Features

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.

Children's Mud Kitchen

In the heart of the Children’s Garden is a Mud Kitchen where kids can let their imagination run free!

Children's Garden

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.

Transitory

Transitory created by Dominika Griesgraber from Poland during the 2014 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium. Transitory is a stop on the Maine Sculpture Trail. Originally located on the grounds of the Milbridge Medical Center, the sculpture was moved to Milbridge Commons Wellness Park in 2021.

earth loom

Earth Loom

This free-standing loom built by Aaron Dvorkin is a place for the community to contribute to art at Milbridge Commons through simple weaving. Add flowers, leaves, meadow grass, cotton or wool fabric strips – anything organic!

Picnic Tables

Milbridge Commons is the perfect place for your family picnic with adult-size and child-size picnic tables. 

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Children's Nook

The Children’s Nook is a 2023 addition to the Children’s Garden – a cedar post and beam structure with a living roof imagined and built by Aaron Dvorkin. Outfitted with a cedar stump table and stools, it provides a magical spot to linger and play.

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Duvall Shade Canopy

The Duvall Design is a 2024 addition to Milbridge Commons Wellness Park. From May through October, this delightful free-form structure will provide you a view with shade. 

Ed Flanagan 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 Library

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 on gardening and nature for kids. 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 Wellness Park Play Area

Children's Play Area

The Play Area incorporates a Cedar Works play structure for climbing and four Freenotes Harmony Park musical instruments. 

Milbridge Commons Walking Trail

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.

Butterfly Wall

Butterfly Wall

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 degree 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.

Circle of Stones

Our Circle of Stones seating area constructed by Jesse Salisbury, was placed in 2022. The perfect place to gather with friends and enjoy the magic of this wonderful park.

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