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. 

Trail Maintenance Manager

Calling all volunteers! 

Do you enjoy outdoor work? The ¾-mile Tabor section of Shoreline Greenway Trail in Branford is being cleared and should be completed (though not fully surfaced) by the end of this year. When it’s done, people will be able to walk, run, bike and otherwise enjoy nearly four miles of mostly off-road trail between downtown Branford and Stony Creek—and we’ll need a Trail Maintenance Manager. Because the trails need to have their surface kept debris-free and their sides trimmed of weeds, we need someone who can keep an eye on the Branford sections to determine what work needs to be done, create a maintenance schedule and organize volunteer work parties. 

Interested? Call or text Judy Miller at 203-589-8335 or email j.miller@snet.net.

SGT to Hold Annual Meeting May 5 in Branford

Hiking to Branford's Ecology Park from a soon-to-be-completed section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail

Hiking to Branford’s Ecology Park from a soon-to-be-completed section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail

Shoreline Greenway Trail will hold its 2017 annual meeting on Friday, May 5, at the Tabor Lutheran Church in Branford. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a walk on the Tabor property, site of an SGT section that is expected to be fully surfaced and open by the end of the year. A brief meeting will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation by New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn. All events are open to the public; refreshments will be served.

 Zinn will discuss 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 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. The trail had previously been planned to end at Lighthouse Point Park.

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New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn

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), adopted green infrastructure and worked to reduce the city’s carbon footprint through aggressive energy reduction.

Tabor Lutheran Church is located at 45 Tabor Drive, just south of Branford center off Route 146/South Montowese Street. For more information, contact info@shorelinegreenwaytrail.org.

SGT Holds Public Meeting in Branford

Shoreline Greenway Trail held a public meeting in Branford on March 26 to update the community on plans for the town’s newest trail section and introduce the leader of a nascent bicycle-and-pedestrian advocacy group. About 20 people attended the event, held at Branford’s Blackstone Library, with many offering support and suggesting ways to make the town more bike-friendly.

SGT's Jack Wood displays maps of the new Tabor section of trail (Branford Eagle photo).

SGT’s Jack Wood displays maps of the Tabor section of trail, scheduled to open in the fall (Branford Eagle photo).

SGT Chair Judy Miller provided an overview of the Shoreline Greenway Trail project, noting benefits to walkers, cyclists, the community and region. “Biking brings economic vitality into the centers of towns,” she noted.

Miller updated the audience on the nearly ¾-mile-long Tabor section, while SGT’s Jack Wood showed maps and engineering plans for that section, which is scheduled to open in the fall and provide a 1½-mile link connecting downtown Branford with Pine Orchard and Stony Creek.

Frank Gasparro, a Branford newcomer, described Branford in Motion, which will advocate for safe walking and cycling and explore ways to increase biking opportunities in town. The group’s initial work includes assessing the interest in bike lanes and the installation of more bike racks and stands throughout town.