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. 

Branford’s September 2nd First Saturday Walk at 10am

Walk through Branford’s Young’s Park and along the Birch Road section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail

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When: Labor Day Weekend (9/2/17) at 10am

Where: Branford, CT..Meet at Young’s Park parking lot, off Blackstone Ave (Route 146). From I95 exit 55, go east on Route 1, turning right onto Featherbed Rd; take this to end, then turn left onto Damascus. Where road splits, bear right (sign: to Pine Orchard). After you pass UNDER railroad tracks, bear right onto Blackstone Ave and look for park entrance past ball field on right.

Questions: Please contact Leo Cristofar 203-214-5824

Annual Meeting Highlights New Haven Connections

New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn speaking at the Shoreline Greenway Trail annual meeting in May.

New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn speaking at Shoreline Greenway Trail’s annual meeting in May.

Shoreline Greenway Trail held its 2017 annual meeting on May 5 at the Tabor Lutheran Church in Branford. Unfortunately, heavy rains cancelled a planned walk of the Tabor property, where we expect to complete our next section of Branford trail, but we were pleased to have an excellent turnout for the meeting itself.

            We were especially gratified that Branford First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove and Branford Parks and Recreation Director Alex Paluzzi attended.

            A brief formal meeting to elect members of our Board for 2017-2018 was followed by a presentation by New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn. Zinn discussed 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 Heritage 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. We previously had planned Lighthouse Point Park to be the trail’s western terminus.

            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), promoted green building principles and worked to reduce the city’s carbon footprint through aggressive energy reduction.

            After Zinn’s presentation, attendees enjoyed refreshments and good conversation. It was a great evening!

 

In Memoriam

IN MEMORY OF

ARNOLD “PETE” PETERSON

 
Shoreline Greenway Trail is sad to learn of the passing of our friend Pete Peterson on March 28th.
 
Pete was a founder of the Shoreline Greenway Trail, indispensable to the Branford team and a Branford Town representative to the Shoreline Greenway Trail Board of Directors. He was unstinting in
his support of the Trail, building a beautiful donation box that is still used, making a design for improving the Stony Creek Trolley trail iron bridge, and installing tree label markers. He was instrumental in building and maintaining sections of the Shoreline Greenway Trail between Pine Orchard and Birch Road and along
Tilcon Drive.
 
But the most lasting tribute to his work lies in the kiosks, benches, and bridges that Pete both designed and built along the Greenway Trail. The kiosks were all built with the help of Branford Boy Scouts as part of Eagle Scout projects, and his design continues to be consulted to this day; it was recently used in
building the Shoreline Greenway Trail kiosk at the Stony Creek Brewery.
 
So the next time you sit on a bench at the overlook to the Stony Creek marshes or look at the maps and pick up a walk card at one of the Shoreline Greenway Trail kiosks, take a moment to think of
Pete Peterson and be grateful for his work. We all miss him.