Branford’s Tabor Trail Construction Begins!

Tabor property constructionOn October 16,  Butler Construction of Portland, CT  officially began work on Branford’s Tabor Trail.  This trail link between Tabor Drive and Pine Orchard Road is a project of the Town of Branford, using federal funds awarded to build the Shoreline Greenway Trail that are administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.  
 
Shoreline Greenway Trail is excited to have this sign of progress, a trail that will go along beautiful Chet’s Pond and will be handicapped accessible.  It is a great step in the goal to provide a bicycle/pedestrian link between the Branford Town Center with the village of Stony Creek.  We expect the project to be completed by early spring.  Look for our announcement of the opening ceremony!
 
Another sign of progress toward this goal is the recent Branford Transit Oriented Development report, which includes recommendation for a multi-use path linking the James Blackstone Library with Meadow Street and a possible Shoreline Greenway Trail path and boardwalk along the Branford River. This path will also link to the Stony Creek Brewery, which has generously allowed a Shoreline Greenway Trail trailhead to be built on their property. (see http://www.branfordseven.com/document-pdf-of-transit-oriented-development-study/article_f2c48ba0-a38a-11e7-b657-a3eca88ebc2a.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share for further information on this study)
 
Great things are happening in Branford!  Shoreline Greenway Trail thanks the Town of Branford and all of our contributors and volunteers in Branford for their support. 

Hammonasset Walkway Closing for Repairs

HammWWstrollerrunner1The trail walkway across the marsh in Hammonasset Park will be closed for repairs intermittently for the next several weeks. The first repair closure will be Thursday October 26 from 10 AM to 12 noon. The gate into the campground will be open during repair sessions so that walkers and bikers can detour.

When repair work is not in progress, the walkway is still usable and should be open most of the time during the coming weeks.

 

We apologize fro any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

First Saturday Fun in East Haven!

October First Saturday Walk in East Haven

Twenty-five participants met on a warm October day at SGT trailhead in East Haven for an interpretive walk. Interpretive trail brochures produced by Joe Capozzo of Boy Scout Troop 401 were circulated. Mike Gambardella and Kirsten Dudley led the morning walk, pointing out natural sights highlighted in the brochure. We even ran into a baby snake, not mentioned in the handout! The group had many friendly new faces as well as familiar ones. Thank you all who joined us.

Interpretive trail guide Mike G. leads group past glacial rock

Interpretive trail guide Mike G. leads group past glacial rock

October First Saturday Walk in East Haven

Interpretive Walk in East Haven

Interpretive Walk in East Haven

October First Saturday Walk in East Haven

Telling Our Story at the Hammonasset Festival

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The theme of the festival was “Celebrating Nature and Native American Heritage.”

The traffic was steady at the Shoreline Greenway Trail table all weekend as SGT volunteers listened, answered questions and talked about the project during the annual Hammonasset Festival, held at the Guilford Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.

We had a visible presence in a corner of the fairgrounds barn, where—led by SGT board member Kristen D’Souza, who organized our participation in the festival—we handed out maps of current trail sections, discussed future plans and held a raffle for two children’s bicycle helmets. Congratulations to raffle winners Leia from Ansonia and Tula from Centerbrook!

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SGT Board Chair Judy Miller talks with a visitor to our table.

People who came up to our table were enthusiastic about the project, and their thoughts, ideas and questions inspired us. It was wonderful to hear people say how often they use completed sections of the trail in Madison, Branford and East Haven—and how much they’d like to see more bike- and pedestrian-friendly connections on the Shoreline. We met many new supporters and potential volunteers, and we started a few conversations toward future partnerships.

Thanks to the Friends of Hammonasset and the staff of the Guilford Agricultural Society for providing such a warm, welcome and wonderful place for us to listen to people and tell our story.