Lake Auburn Community Property

The property known as the West Auburn Farm located at 115 North Auburn Road, including the early 1800’s historic barn will soon belong to the Lake Auburn Watershed Neighborhood Association (LAWNA) a 501c3 charitable organization for the establishment of the Lake Auburn Community Property. The facility will permit the neighborhood and participating clubs and organizations access to its building and land for various uses.

The Center will promote low-impact recreational opportunities that limit the potential for erosion, such as walking/hiking/running, nature observation, fishing, picnicking, cycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Additional uses not mentioned in Auburn’s Comprehensive plan for Lake Auburn may include: tree nursery(s), disc golf course, ski-jouring, archery hunting, sports fields, and occasional (outside) community arts events and the list is growing!

The LACC plans to support continued efforts and rules by the Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission (LAWPC), the Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT), and other conservation and recreation organizations in enhancing the City of Auburn’s community forest visions for citizens of Auburn and those members of participating clubs and organizations. The lake association supports this objective.

Currently the facility is home for the trail grooming equipment and signing for the Perkins Ridge Sno-Traveler’s; the way-side stand Sticks & Stones; the outdoor exploration for Cub Scout Troop 007, trail access by the Oakwood Equestrian Center and storage for the L/A Optimist Club & APD Bike Rodeo event. Limited parking exists on the property at this time.

The historic trail (1760), turned road, Country Lane (1879), back to a trail (1960) passes through the LACC property and was the ORIGINAL Spring Road: Subject to a certain right-of-way heretofore granted by said Billings to Lucius Packard, and also to the right-of-way of the public to travel over all roads laid out upon the said premises.” Twenty-fifth day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-three.

This trail was recently given its’ former name “Country Way” and has been a recipient of the Bureau of Parks and Lands, Recreational Trail Grant Program (RTP) #808 and a 2011 Androscoggin Bank Community (ABC) grant, all contributing along with existing property owners and the PRST club to make the trail as safe and accessible as it was in the late 1700’s. It links the West Auburn village to the original hotel & spring historic sites on the western shore of pristine Lake Auburn, serving the water and recreational needs of the community for generations.

Future plans to relocate and renovate the original hand-hewed barn located on the premises is in the works and we encourage individuals and organizations to get involved with the facility lay-out process and future partnering of this great rural Community Center. Please email us at info@auburnwatershed.org!!

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A bicyclist passes the Community Property during the Lake Auburn Half-Marathon!

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