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.
Make a donation to the Trail using this link from May 3-4th during a 36 hour fundraising drive and help us compete for additional cash prizes! The link will go live on Tuesday, May 3rd, at 8:00 am and close on May 4th, at 8 pm.
Support the Shoreline Greenway Trail the modern way and let your contribution grow! The trail is participating again this year in the Great Give, a dynamic online giving event for nonprofits sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
For 36 hours from May 3 at 8 a.m. until May 4 at 8 p.m., your donation will help to make the trail eligible for thousands of dollars in prizes. All you need to do is donate at least $25 to the trail through the Great Give.
Visit https://thegreatgive.org/npo/shoreline-greenway-trail any time during the 36-hour drive, and click “Donate Now”. Shoreline Greenway Trail will be competing for various matching prizes, including most money raised for an all-volunteer organization, the largest gift, and greatest number of individual donors.
Please tell your friends and family to mark their calendars for the May 3 – 4 event and give, give, give! Your donations will go a long way in helping Shoreline Greenway Trail realize its goal of a 25-mile continuous path for bicyclists, walkers, and hikers of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and to help create healthy communities along the Connecticut shore.
Shoreline Greenway Trail has received more than $366,000 in grants from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Connecticut Recreational Trails Program. The money will be used to build the first section of the trail in Guilford and an extension of the current trail in East Haven. Both sections will be accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, people in wheelchairs and other users of non-motorized transportation.
Sections of the Shoreline Greenway Trail totaling six miles in length are already open in Madison, Branford and East Haven.
The largest grant, for $269,816, will go toward construction of a 3/4-mile-long section in Guilford, from the Madison line to Boston Street. Running off-road parallel to Route 1, the section will be 8 to 10 feet wide and finished with a “chip-seal” surface of light-colored stone. It will enable people to safely walk or bike from the residential neighborhoods and commercial area near the East River into downtown Guilford and beyond without traveling on Route 1. The section will eventually connect with a piece to be built that will carry the trail across the East River bridge and toward downtown Madison.
Pamela Bisbee-Simonds, who leads Shoreline Greenway Trail’s Guilford effort, said she expects groundbreaking to take place late this year or in early 2017, following state approval of a final design and a competitive bidding process for construction. Pro bono design services have been graciously provided by the town of Guilford.
“Our supporters in Guilford and our town partners are thrilled we’ve received this grant and excited that we’ll soon have our first section of Shoreline Greenway Trail in Guilford,” Bisbee-Simonds said. “Ultimately we’ll have a pedestrian-, bicycle- and wheelchair-accessible trail border to border in town as part of a larger regional network, but for now we’re pleased that we’ll be able to help get non-motorized traffic off a dangerous stretch of Route 1 and give people a safer way to travel around Guilford.”
The other grant, for $94,346, will help fund construction of an approximately 1/3-mile-long trail section through Farm River State Park in East Haven. The 9-foot-wide stretch of packed granite trail will link up with an existing section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail that runs between East Haven’s D.C. Moore School and Mansfield Grove Road. The new section will connect the Mansfield Grove Road trailhead with the Farm River State Park entrance on Pevetty Drive, then run through the park before terminating at Short Beach Road (Route 142). From there, the trail will eventually connect with a section to be built in Branford.
Barbara Brow, who leads Shoreline Greenway Trail’s team in East Haven, said that when the new section opens this fall, East Haven will have more than one mile of contiguous trail, offering users an opportunity to connect with nature; to observe small wildlife, myriad birds and cave formations; and take in spectacular views of the Farm River.
“We are grateful to the DEEP for the Recreational Trail Grant award, which will allow us to build an environmentally sensitive section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail in the beautiful surroundings of Farm River State Park,” Brow said. “We appreciate the support of Mayor Joseph Maturo, who has long been an advocate for the trail and who has generously authorized East Haven’s Public Works Department to perform in-kind construction work on the new section.”
Brow noted that Shoreline Greenway Trail has been able to make the progress it has only because of the financial support—now totaling nearly $4.5 million—of the state of Connecticut, the federal government, town governments, private foundations, businesses and individual donors, and the hard work of hundreds of dedicated volunteers.
Shoreline Greenway Trail supporters are invited to pitch in as we take part in Yale Day of Service on Saturday, May 7. Participants in this community-service initiative will be working on the Tabor section of Shoreline Greenway Trail in Branford, helping to keep a temporary pedestrian trail clear and usable for school groups, walkers and hikers while we await completion of design and construction of a finished pedestrian/bicycle trail that will travel past beautiful Chet’s Pond.
This is a great opportunity to get some healthy exercise in a natural environment while contributing to construction of an important community asset. Members of the Yale community—students, faculty, administrators, alumni and friends—will help with trail clearing, including brush cutting and minor tree trimming. Some tools will be available, but please bring loppers and pruners if you have them. Wear sturdy shoes, and dress comfortably for outdoor work. Meet near the Shoreline Pet Lodge at 157 Pine Orchard Road; park at the west end of the side road.
Last year, more than 4,000 members of the extended Yale community in 38 U.S. states and 18 countries worked on various community projects, and we’re excited to be part of this global celebration of service this year.