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.

giovanni zinn

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

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.






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Story Walk on Stony Creek Trolley Trail

B-08-23-16 Welcome signShoreline Greenway Trail appreciates efforts like this one from The Willoughby Wallace library in Stony Creek.  The library has created a StoryWalk for families to get outside and enjoy!

To see it, park at the Shoreline Greenway trailhead on West Point Rd in Stony Creek and head west.  Don’t forget to check out the hidden swing onswing at stony creek 2 your left just after the Story Walk begins.

Following is part of an article posted on Zip06 on 7/18/16: (to read the entire article visit the Willoughby Wallace story walk 2016 website.

‘Hermit Crab’ Stars on Trolley Trail StoryWalk

By Pam Johnson, Senior Staff WriterContact Reporter

Published July 18, 2016. Last updated 10:53 a.m., July 19, 2016

There’s an imaginary character you can catch on Branford’s popular Trolley Trail, and he’s not on Pokemon Go.

Since July 6, pages from storybook author Eric Carle’s colorful tale, A House for Hermit Crab, has the story’s hero popping up prominently on the trail, along a unique StoryWalk posted by the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library. The library is just a stone’s throw away from the Stony Creek side of the trail, entered from West Point Road.

From Stony Creek, the trail leads to Pine Orchard with features including a span over a former trolley trestle bridge, some stunning views of the Thimble Islands, a concrete pedestrian bridge and trails passing wetlands and woodlands surrounds.

Mom Sarah Bradley sharing Story Walk with her kids

Mom Sarah Bradley sharing Story Walk with her kids

On July 6, the library staff introduced the StoryWalk to the public with a special event that drew about 40 kids (and their adults) to check it out, said Children’s Librarian Stephanie Carvin. The event culminated with kids coming back to the public library to visit hermit crabs and a horseshoe crab in a touch tank experience contributed by a member of the Friends of the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library.

The library will keep the StoryWalk up and running for the rest of the summer, said Carvin. Posted unobtrusively on wooden stakes along one section of the trail, the walk eventually takes readers past some 30 laminated book pages. It ends at the concrete bridge with the last page of the book, and big surprise for kids to find—hundreds of tiny fiddler crabs in their natural habitat, scampering across the mud at low tide.

Start looking for fiddler crabs!

Start looking for fiddler crabs!

The nationwide StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Carvin explained. The project is designed to encouraging reading and hikes/walks. StoryWalk curators simply pick a book that fits the theme or goal of their project.

 “This year’s summer reading has a fitness theme, ‘On Your Mark, Get Set, READ,’” said Carvin. “We thought this would be a perfect year to implement a StoryWalk because it incorporates exercise with reading.”