Kennebunk Savings announced has funded the recent purchase of an all-electric, all-terrain golf cart for the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. The vehicle, which seats four, will be used to help older guests, or people with mobility restrictions, traverse the grounds.

Nik Charov, executive director of Wells Reserve at Laudholm, takes a spin in a new golf cart purchased with funds donated by Kennebunk Savings. The new all-terrain vehicle will provide access to the reserve to guests with mobility restrictions. Courtesy photo

Wells Reserve features seven miles of trails and access to Laudholm beach, and frequently hosts hikers, birdwatchers, field trips and wedding parties. It is also a federally-funded marine research facility.

“A lot of the work we do – both volunteering and charitable giving – is about preserving access to Maine’s spectacular natural resources,” said Bradford C. Paige, president & CEO of Kennebunk Savings, in a Sept. 8 news release. “And that has to mean access for everyone. So whether we’re helping clear a trail to help it meet ADA guidelines or buying a golf cart to help people get to the beach a little easier — it’s that guiding principle of access for all that motivates us.”

The bank donated $8,500 to purchase the vehicle, which is charged on the reserve’s solar array. The facility is 102 percent solar-powered, meaning they generate more electricity than they use.

“We thank Kennebunk Savings, as always, for the support here and for making this latest addition possible,” said Nik Charov, Wells Reserve’s executive director, in an email. “It’s going to get a lot more people out on the trails and experiencing the Wells Reserve.”