the Brunswick Commons
To the Bowdoin Community:
Amidst the pines on the outskirts of the Bowdoin athletic
fields lies a forest that we all call the "Town Commons." This natural
haven has been here since the beginning of the College in 1794, and has
attracted thousands of students and local residents to walk its peaceful
paths or to run through the trails of its somber woods. Currently this
treasured place is threatened by development sprawl.
The trails extend three miles beyond Bowdoin College land
through the woods to the ocean, providing students with a great recreational
path for running, biking, cross-country skiing, bird-watching, and hiking.
The trail runs from campus to the water's edge at Middle Bay, and over
80% of the land along which the trail runs, is privately held by developers.
267 houses have been built within a mile of the Commons in the past twenty
years. It is important that Brunswick and Bowdoin act now to protect the
quality of this precious resource for the college students of today and
for generations to come.
The owners of this land have recently received increased
pressure to develop the land. Through the efforts of a group called FRIENDS
OF THE COMMONS, 112 acres of forest surrounding the Commons and including
the entire trail corridor are currently available for purchase by the
community. The purchase of this land would protect the existing trail
system from being developed. This would be wonderful for Bowdoin College
students who like to bike, cross-country ski, or run to the Commons.
Soon there will be students selling "Meals & Deals" coupons
in an effort to help this worthy cause. These coupons give an array of
bargains ranging from restaurant discounts to movie tickets in the Brunswick
area. Please help these students give to the future of Bowdoin College
Elliot Wright '04