October First Saturday Walk Event in East Haven

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OCTOBER 7th, SATURDAY, 10AM EAST HAVEN 

Please join for a family activity on a guided interpretive trail walk through the wooded and picturesque Shoreline Greenway Trail at D.C. School property and Farm River State Park. There will be opportunities to observe cave formations, osprey nests and spectacular water views of Farm River.

Directions: Meet at SGT trailhead located at Mansfield Grove Rd. and Hoop Pole Lane (From Route 142 West, left onto Mansfield Grove Road to stop sign, right onto Hoop Pole Lane then quick left to trailhead parking area). Additional parking on Hoop Lane, first parking area at the school on the left (From Coe Avenue, take a left to Myrtle Street, right at stop sign, left on Elliot Street and take second right to school parking area or to trailhead).

Questions: Barbara Brow 203-469-9127.

 

 

Volunteers Wanted!

Trail Maintenance Volunteers Wanted:

East Haven SGT town team is in need of volunteers to help maintain our trail. We meet about 6 times a year for trail cleanup. Typically this involves trash clean up, raking, leaf blowing and weeding. The ideal candidate knows his way around a pair of clippers!

Although we understand that everyone’s time is important to them we hope you will consider volunteering with us. We meet for about 2 hours on a mix of weekend mornings and weekday evenings. If you are interested please reach out to East Haven SGT Chairwoman Barbara Brow. Looking forward to working with you to keep up our wonderful trail!

This is also a great opportunity for high school aged kids to earn community service hours!

Thank you very much!

Please contact Barbara Brow:

Call: 203-469-9127

Text Only: 203-494-7723

We all work together to keep the Shoreline Greenway Trail clean!

We all work together to keep the Shoreline Greenway Trail clean!

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Guilford’s Board of Selectmen 9/5/17 Meeting

The Guilford Board of Selectmen recently voted on whether to hold a new public informational meeting on the proposed Route 1 Shoreline Greenway Trail section between Boston Street and the Madison line.

The vote was 2-2, with one selectman absent. Selectmen Charles Havra and Joe Mazza voted “yes,” Cynthia Carter and Gary MacElhinney voted “no,” and Carl Balestracci didn’t attend. According to town rules, a tie vote is registered as “no.” It means no action can be taken, and it appears that there will be no public hearing about that trail section in the near future. That leaves the Route 1 project in limbo, as it has been since the selectmen voted against the town’s design for that section in January.

A Vote Only On Setting a Date for a Meeting

As First Selectman Mazza emphasized to a local reporter, the Sept. 5 vote was only on whether to set a date for an informational meeting. It was not a vote on the trail or any specific project related to it. We’re concerned that, although a recent Zip06 article about the vote is accurate, the headline (Another ‘No” for the Shoreline Greenway Trail in Guilford) is potentially misleading.

A Wide “Sidewalk” from the Town Center to Madison?

From the quotes attributed to Mazza and Town Engineer Jim Portley, it’s apparent they’ve been seeking a way to address neighbors’ concerns about the original Route 1 plan while using the nearly $900,000 in federal and state funds allocated to build the Shoreline Greenway Trail in Guilford to meet an objective of a 2002 transportation study: a sidewalk from the town center toward Madison.

As Mazza said, “We were talking about extending sidewalks out from the center of town … all the way to the Madison line with the expectation that maybe in the future that Madison would have sidewalks, too.”

Seeking Residents’ Input on New Ideas

Portley said he wanted residents’ input on changes he was considering to the Route 1 design—including moving the trail closer to the road to minimize vegetation removal, narrowing it to eight feet and surfacing it with concrete to make it look like a sidewalk. Because the eight-foot width complies with the legal definition of a “trail” and not a “sidewalk,” abutting property owners would not be responsible for snow removal.

Committed as Ever to Bike/Ped Safety and Accessibility

The future of the Route 1 section remains uncertain, especially with a local election coming up in November, and the decision is up to the people and elected officials of Guilford. Shoreline Greenway Trail will continue to advocate for the values that guided our idea for a trail in the first place: safe, accessible walking and biking throughout the Shoreline; better health for the people who live, work and visit here and for our environment; and a more vibrant economy coupled with a better quality of life across the region.

Support the Nut Plains Pathway in Guilford!

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Adams Middle School, one of two Guilford schools to be connected by the proposed Nut Plains Pathway.

Shoreline Greenway Trail is actively working to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and accessibility in Guilford, so we are excited to see the town moving forward on the Nut Plains Pathway, a bike and pedestrian connection between Adams Middle School and Guilford Lakes Elementary School.

This is not a Shoreline Greenway Trail project, but it is the kind of effort that we wholeheartedly applaud.

Come out and show your support! ATTEND a public hearing on Tuesday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Nathanael B. Greene Community Center (32 Church St). Hear about the town’s proposed plan! Let your VOICE be heard!