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.
AUGUST 6th, SATURDAY, 10AM EAST HAVEN: Join East Haven town team members for a hike thru picturesque woods along the Shoreline Greenway Trail to a panoramic view of Bradford Preserve. Learn about recent Recreational Trail Grant from the State of Connecticut to build a multi-use (bike and hiking) trail in Farm River State Park. See several species of butterflies, land-based and shorebirds. Then backtrack onto our main granite topped Trail, observe glacial outcroppings, mountain laurel, hickory and tulip trees to East Haven’s SGT Trailhead parking area on Mansfield Grove Road. From the parking area, head east on Pevetty Drive where the Trail in Farm River State Park begins. The park offers views of osprey nests, caves and spectacular water views of Farm River. Two steep areas, l.5 miles, l.5 hours.
Meet at DC Moore Parking lot at 10 am. Directions: From 142 West: left onto Mansfield Grove Road to stop sign, right onto Hoop Pole Lane to second DC Moore School parking lot on left. From Coe Avenue: Left on Myrtle Street, right at stop sign, quick left onto Elliot Street, and right to school parking lot. Find on Google Maps. Questions, call Barbara 203-469-9127
Some 40 bicyclists of all ages came out on a beautiful holiday-weekend morning for a Shoreline Greenway Trail-sponsored ride from Guilford Harbor to the boat launch at Madison’s Circle Beach on Saturday, July 2.
The 7.5-mile (one way), course took us from the harbor up Whitfield Street to Stone House Lane, where we turned eastward to pass the Guilford Fairgrounds via Lovers Lane to Boston Street. As we reached Boston Post Road, we noted the site of the soon-to-be-built first section of Guilford trail and picked up Route 1, crossed the East River Bridge at the Madison line and rode to Neck Road, where we turned south for the rest of the trip to the boat launch. Because a number of riders were from Madison, we parted company there and rode in small groups back to our original destinations. We made many new friends!
The event was the latest in SGT’s First Saturday series of walks and bike rides, intended to encourage people to get outdoors and get some exercise, and to promote safe biking and walking and environmentally beneficial transportation. The next First Saturday event, scheduled for August 6, will be a 1.5-mile walk on the Shoreline Greenway Trail in East Haven, featuring a scenic hike into Farm River State Park. It starts at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the D.C. Moore School.
The East Haven School District teamed up with the East Haven Wellness Committee to hold a Kids Challenge Event on May 21st at the DC Moore trail segment of the East Haven SGT. Kids of all ages used the trail for a scavenger hunt to find things like flowers and birds, and the whole family got involved in a race from one end of the trail to the other.
Recognizing that well-planned recreational facilities promote physical activity, reduce stress, improve people’s health and provide environmental benefits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Park Service have created a tool that communities can use to assess the health benefits of trails and parks. The CDC and NPS have produced The Parks, Trails and Health Workbook to help planners, park and trail advocates and professionals, and health practitioners factor public health considerations into the development and improvement of parks and trails. The workbook is intended to facilitate collaborative discussions about the health benefits of trails and parks, and to help communities prepare for formal health impact assessments of trail and park projects.
Improving public health is one of Shoreline Greenway Trail’s core goals. Of all the trips that people make daily in our area, 80% are made by people alone in their cars; only 2% are taken using an active mode of transportation such as walking or biking. As a result, motorized transportation contributes about 24% of the region’s greenhouse gas emissions, and the low level of physical activity is taking a toll on public health. Some one-quarter of New Haven County’s population gets no leisure-time activity at all, and two-thirds of the county’s residents are overweight or obese. Healthcare and other costs of obesity total $147 billion a year in the United States, and low fitness is responsible for 16% to 17% of U.S. deaths.
We can do something about this. SGT is not only building a multi-use trail between New Haven and Madison, we’re working to improve pedestrian and cyclist access and infrastructure throughout the Shoreline, and we’re actively encouraging people to get outdoors and get some exercise. We would welcome collaboration with a public health agency, health system or other entity to assess the potential health impact of the Shoreline Greenway Trail and its complementary activities. Interested parties should contact SGT board member Peter Hawes at firstname.lastname@example.org.