Shoreline Greenway Trail is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to building a 25-mile continuous path for bicyclists, walkers and hikers on the Connecticut Shoreline from Lighthouse Point in New Haven through East Haven, Branford, and Guilford to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.
Shoreline Greenway Trail is forming its team for the 2016 Rock to Rock Earth Day Bicycle Ride, scheduled for Saturday, April 30 in New Haven. Our 18-member team raised nearly $8,000 for the trail last year and contributed significantly to the $186,000 the event generated in total for 26 local environmental organizations. There will again be courses for riders of all kinds and ages, from an eight-mile, police-escorted family ride to a 62-mile metric century for distance riders. Join our team and help raise funds for the trail! Registration opens January 15. Visit RocktoRock.org and sign up as a member of the Shoreline Greenway Trail team; donations from your sponsors will directly benefit the trail. Contact Anna, Kristen or Greg if you’d like more information.
As we close out 2015, crews from Shoreline Greenway Trail joined crews from the Tabor Church to clear the Tabor Trail on two beautiful Saturdays mornings. A lot got accomplished and the trail is now usable with wonderful views of Chet’s pond. Our thanks go to everyone who participated from the Tabor Church namely Ken Bjork, Christian Bjork, Mark Otterson, Karen Otterson and Dave Howley and to those who participated from the Shoreline Greenway Trail namely Chet Blomquist, Philip Mongillo, Jack and Joshua Wood and Steve and Jo Zaehringer.
We have some wonderful pictures but due to some technical difficulty, they can’t be posted at this time, sorry!
Thanks again to all who participated and Happy New Year!
More than 40 walkers of all ages turned out on a beautiful early December day for Branford’s Shoreline Greenway Trail’s (SGT) First Saturday walk.
Meeting in the parking lot of Tabor Lutheran Church, we walked down Tabor Drive and entered the town owned Tabor property. Along the way, we passed Chet’s Pond, viewing the osprey nest atop a cell tower across the pond. Joining the Branford Trail, we eventually arrived at the top of Ecology Park, where walkers ooh-ed and ah-ed at the beautiful views that extended from The Long Island Sound, Thimble Islands, Stony Creek, the Branford River, to the dome of the Blackstone Library and steeples of the churches on the green.
The walk was led by Branford Walk Leader Leo Cristofar with able assistance from SGT Chair Judy Miller and Branford Co Chairs Chet Blomquist and Peg Stamp. Miller announced the good news that SGT has signed an agreement with the town that clears the way for application of federal funds to develop and finish this section of the Greenway Trail. Also on hand to greet the walkers were Branford trail development leader Jack Wood and Branford team member Patricia Spiegelhalter, who also took some photos of the walkers.
The next First Saturday walk will take place on Saturday, January 2, in HAMMONASSET STATE PARK. Meet at the SGT trailhead parking lot off Route One just east of the Hammonasset entrance road. Exit 62 from I 95 south to Route 1. Left on Route 1. Just past park entrance road, turn right into the SGT parking lot. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
A westward extension of the Shoreline Greenway Trail from Hammonasset Beach State Park is nearing completion, bringing the ability to safely bike or walk between the park and downtown Madison without using Route 1 a step closer to reality. The 750-foot extension, connecting the existing one-mile trail in Hammonasset with Webster Point Road, is expected to open in early 2016. When complete, it will allow walkers, hikers and bikers to use the trail and local roads rather than a dangerous stretch of Route 1 to travel between Hammonasset, downtown Madison, and Madison’s beaches, shoreline recreational facilities and tourist destinations. Check back soon or sign up for email notifications, and we’ll let you know when the new trail is open!