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.
The newest section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail, at Farm River State Park in East Haven, will officially open to the public for walking, cycling and other activities on Thursday, May 11. A ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring state and local officials and representatives of Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) will take place that day, beginning at 10 a.m. at the park’s Pevetty Drive entrance.
The scenic new section traverses Farm River State Park and, at 1/3 mile in length, extends the East Haven section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail to approximately one mile in total. It connects a previously completed section of trail on town property at the former D.C. Moore School with Short Beach Road not far from the Branford line. The town of East Haven is considering a number of possibilities for extending the trail westward from D.C. Moore; possible connections with SGT trail in Branford are being explored to the east.
SGT finished work on the new section in November, thanks to a grant from Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; the support of town officials including Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr., Town Engineer Kevin White and Public Works Supervisor Charles Coyle; in-kind services contributed by East Haven Public Works; land clearing by Boy Scouts Troop 401; and design and construction by Vermont’s Timber & Stone LLC.
Shoreline Greenway Trail will hold its 2017 annual meeting on Friday, May 5, at the Tabor Lutheran Church in Branford. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a walk on the Tabor property, site of an SGT section that is expected to be fully surfaced and open by the end of the year. A brief meeting will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation by New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn. All events are open to the public; refreshments will be served.
Zinn will discuss the successful effort to make New Haven a Bicycle-Friendly Community (it currently has Bronze-level certification) along with the benefits and possibilities inherent in connecting the Shoreline Greenway Trail with New Haven’s network of bike routes, the Farmington Canal Greenway and the East Coast Greenway. Working in partnership with Zinn and the city, SGT plans to extend its trail into the heart of New Haven. The trail had previously been planned to end at Lighthouse Point Park.
Zinn has been New Haven’s city engineer since 2014 and has led or participated in many projects focused on sustainable and livable infrastructure. He has encouraged alternative transportation (including walking and cycling), adopted green infrastructure and worked to reduce the city’s carbon footprint through aggressive energy reduction.
Tabor Lutheran Church is located at 45 Tabor Drive, just south of Branford center off Route 146/South Montowese Street. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shoreline Greenway Trail held a public meeting in Branford on March 26 to update the community on plans for the town’s newest trail section and introduce the leader of a nascent bicycle-and-pedestrian advocacy group. About 20 people attended the event, held at Branford’s Blackstone Library, with many offering support and suggesting ways to make the town more bike-friendly.
SGT Chair Judy Miller provided an overview of the Shoreline Greenway Trail project, noting benefits to walkers, cyclists, the community and region. “Biking brings economic vitality into the centers of towns,” she noted.
Miller updated the audience on the nearly ¾-mile-long Tabor section, while SGT’s Jack Wood showed maps and engineering plans for that section, which is scheduled to open in the fall and provide a 1½-mile link connecting downtown Branford with Pine Orchard and Stony Creek.
Frank Gasparro, a Branford newcomer, described Branford in Motion, which will advocate for safe walking and cycling and explore ways to increase biking opportunities in town. The group’s initial work includes assessing the interest in bike lanes and the installation of more bike racks and stands throughout town.
Shoreline Greenway Trail is forming its team for the 2017 Rock to Rock Earth Day Bicycle Ride, scheduled for Saturday, April 22 in New Haven. Last year, our 21-member team raised nearly $3,625 for the trail. The event, which attracted 1,135 cyclists, raised more than $165,000 for 28 environmental organizations, including Shoreline Greenway Trail. The SGT riding team enjoyed a sunny day of pedaling through New Haven-area parks and neighborhoods plus tasty food, great music and camaraderie at the finish line. A fun day for a worthy cause.
This year, there will again be courses for riders of all kinds and ages: eight-mile (police-escorted family ride), 12 mile, 20 mile, 40 mile to a 62-mile metric century for distance riders. So, gather your friends and family, join our team and help raise funds for the trail!
Registration is open! 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 Ginny McParland at email@example.com if you’d like more information.