Shoreline Greenway Trail Takes Part in Trail Census

The Shoreline Greenway Trail at Hammonasset Beach State Park is one of 15 trails participating in a study intended to help the state, trail organizations and towns better understand who’s using trails and why, what economic impact trails have on their communities, what amenities users want, and how trails can be most soundly built and maintained. IMG_9027 Crop for SGT

Information from the Connecticut Trail Census, which will be conducted through the end of 2017, will be made public. It is expected to provide trail advocates with data to help promote the value of trails in their communities.

Data is being collected around the clock by an infrared counter at Hammonasset, with analysis done in waves throughout the year. A team of trained SGT volunteers is assisting the project by monitoring and calibrating the counter and by conducting face-to-face surveys on the trail. The raw data collected to date suggests that the Hammonasset section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail is one of the most heavily used in the state.

The sites participating are all paved or crushed stone, multi-use trails. They were chosen for the program based on their leadership, volunteer participation, ability to administer counters and collect data, connections to other trails and amenities, trail length, and demonstration of how trail managers plan to use and communicate the data collected.

The census is being conducted in a partnership involving the Connecticut Greenways Council; Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments; UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources’ Department of Extension and the Center for Land Use Education and Research; and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

If you’d like to be part of the project, especially by helping conduct on-site user surveys, contact Ginny Raff, chairperson of the Shoreline Greenway Trail’s Madison team.

Madison’s Newest Eagle Scout

FullSizeRenderCaleb Isaacson, shown here in full Eagle Scout regalia, was the honoree at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held May 20 at the American Legion Hall in Madison. Caleb’s project was the beautiful trail kiosk and landscaping at the Webster Point Road end of the Hammonasset trail section. Caleb’s mentor for the project, Madison Trailmeister Perry Rianhard, commented, “Caleb’s carpentry skills are amazing for one so young. I learned a lot from him, and he was a delight to work with.”

Caleb is the fourth Eagle Scout and third member of Madison Troop 491 to work toward the Eagle Scout designation with a project for the trail. Eagle Scouts have completed trail projects in East Haven and Branford as well, and younger scouts have helped a great deal with trail clearing, building, and clean-up. Their creativity and hard work enhances the trail immeasurably.

photo courtesy of Cathy Marsh

First Saturday Walk MAY 6th, 10AM MADISON:

Walk the beautiful Hammonasset section through coastal upland forest and along the shores of Long Island Sound. Weather permitting artists of the Madison Art Society will be painting en plein air along the trail– 2 miles round trip, pretty easy. Start at the eastern trailhead parking lot east of the entrance to Hammonasset Park. Exit 62 from I95. South to Route 1. Left on Route 1. First right into the trail parking lot.

Special guest For Oslander, Chair of the Rockland Preserve Committee, will join us to tell about the wonderful hiking opportunities in the Rockland Preserve.

Trail at Hammonasset Park reopens

The construction is complete and the trail in Hammonasset Beach State Park is reopened. Thanks to all trail users for their patience.