After last year’s Patriots Day storm, Marginal Way was left in desparate needs of repairs. Yesterday, the famous ocean side path reopened – complete with ribbon cutting ceremony in the rain. Even the local Channel 6, an NBC affliate, was there to cover the story.
Over the last year, the Town of Ogunquit created the Marginal Way Committee to meet the challenge of raising $3 million dollars and forming an endowment to maintain the path. Thousands visit each summer to see the beauty of Marginal Way and it is estimated that in a single year, 2 million people will walk the path. Imagine if every person gave one dollar – the goal would be almost met! The committee is certainly enthusiatic enough and the cause is a great one. Marginal Way is a favorite spot for locals and visitors.
Often we get asked about the path – Here are some key points about Marginal Way in Ogunquit:
- The path is a mile and quarter in length
- Josiah Chase donate the land to the town in 1923
- The north end begins at Shore Road and Obeds Lane
- The south end begins at Perkins Cove
- Marginal Way is one of the most painted landscapes in Maine (In fact, it helped make Ogunquit a favorite for artists, poets, writers and actors.)
- Formations along the path represent almost a half a billion years of history
- Waves gradually erode the rock, forming the beaches of Ogunquit and Moody
- The path is handicap accessible, is paved and has several dedicated benches from which to see the outstanding views of the Atlantic Ocean