The city of Belfast is throwing a party, and the community is invited.

The city, Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the volunteer Rail Trail fundraising committee will host a community party to celebrate the momentum of the Passy Rail Trail project. The event, which is free of charge and open to all, will take place at the Belfast Boathouse on Wednesday, July 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Rail Trail party will have family-friendly refreshments — think popcorn and popsicles — and will showcase a large-scale map and recent video footage of the trail taken by Belfast videographer Ned Lightner. There will be live musical entertainment as well.

The city and land trust have partnered for the past two years in an ongoing effort to raise the funds needed to construct the two-mile trail on the scenic, riverside corridor of the former Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad. The old rails came up last fall and sturdy decking and fencing converted the former train trestle into a safe footbridge.

The fundraising committee is now ready to open up the campaign to the community to raise the final $130,000 needed to complete this project. Funds raised going forward will enable grading of the trail and resurfacing with a fine stone dust to enable easy use by pedestrians, bicycles and strollers. The city also will build a parking area and restrooms at the northern terminus of the trail, near the City Point Central Railroad Museum at Oak Hill Crossing.