We are dedicated to enhancing awareness and access to our forests, mountains, lakes and rivers. We are focused on making our Valley’s parks age-friendly with dog parks, community gardens, exercise equipment, benches and amenities that whole families and towns can enjoy.

Interested? Then join us. You have something to offer. The goals are fluid, always being updated and added to. We are eager to hear your ideas.

Contact the domain coordinator listed below to become a member of our working group

Goals 2024-2025

Domain Coordinator:

John Gallagher  email:

2024-2025 Outdoor Spaces Goals

Goal #1: Age Friendly Walkable Trails:

  • Review, revise and upgrade the originally listed 53 Most Walkable Trails to website.
  • Create photo galleries, including photos from community members with testimonials.
  • Connect with other outdoor organizations to encourage them to publish the Walkable Trails in their newsletters, website or Facebook page
  • Launch the iPhone app for the Most Walkable Trails including press release, Facebook posts, blog, radio interviews.
  • Reprint and distribute rack cards in spring 2024 to coincide with launch of the iPhone app. Distribute 1000 cards to medical offices, town halls, libraries, local inns, etc.
  • Work with National Trail Day clean up or Valley Pride Day and WMNF -Clean the Kanc, offering volunteers but also help promote the Walkable Trails.

Goal #2 Connect with county and town Recreation Departments to collaborate on older adult activities.

  • 1.Attend the county wide meeting of the Recreation Directors to inform them About Outdoor Spaces and the MWVAFC.
  • 2.Collaborate and share information regarding initiatives.

Goal #3 Continue to support MWV Rec Path and activities it might be used for

  • 1.Research the feasibility of initiatives such as www.portlandwheelers.org
  • 2.Follow up with MWV Adaptive Sports
  • 3.Attend planning and conservation commission meetings regarding the path extension to Intervale

Goal #4 Promote and support communities who have expressed an interest in creating nature interpretative and ADA compliant trails. Have a representative work with:

  • 1.Ossipee and Green Mountain Conservation Group to design a nature interpretive trail, as well as upgrading an existing trail to be ADA compliant.
  • 2.Tamworth efforts to develop an ADA trail.

Goal 5-Outdoor Equipment Lending Program

  • Develop and promote a listing of what outdoor activity equipment is already available for loan at each library
  • Contact local libraries to see if there is interest in loaning hiking poles, binoculars (perhaps with nature/birding books as a package), pickle ball rackets, etc.

Our 12 Participating Towns

AlbanyBarlettChathamConwayEatonFreedomFryeburg, MaineHart's LocationJacksonMadisonOssipeeTamworth