Visioning and planning led by WBRC helped organize Penobscot Nation’s community goals for a strong core of tribal uses, updated housing stock, access to natural areas through trails, green space, river access, and open pavilion. The vision included 12 single-family homes overlooking the heart of the island, conveniently located between tribal services and community facilities.
As a partial implementation of the vision, WBRC provided concept visualization plans, design, construction documents, and construction administration services for the development of the Indian Island medicine trail and boat landing.
The Medicine Trail is a raised boardwalk which protects habitat and acts as pathway for contemplation and celebration of natural resources. Winding through culturally significant wetlands and natural areas, the trail incorporates 23 “ghost” stones designed by tribal craftsmen, wayfinding elements, raised boardwalk, seating areas, naturalized planting areas, medicinal plants, and informational signage, all built/installed by tribal members.
The adjacent boat landing and pavilion includes ADA access, circulation, drainage, removable dock system, poured and placed concrete ramp system, lighting, flower gardens, and parking.