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 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. 

Completed Farm River State Park Trail

Farm River State Park- East Haven

Farm River State Park- East Haven

Exploring the newly remodeled trail!

Exploring the newly remodeled trail!

Construction of a widened, stone topped Shoreline Greenway Trail through Farm River State Park is completed along with two beautiful bridges.  Trail construction was made possible with State of Connecticut DEEP matching grant funds. This multiuse trail connects users to nature and is safe for walking and biking. It connects by way of Pevetty Drive to the built Shoreline Greenway Trail at the D. C. Moore School property.
Help from many, made this trail possible. We welcome the opportunity to thank Scoutmaster Ned Taylor’s, Boy Scout Troop 401 for clearing the path in 2010. We  thank Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. for his support and for allowing East Haven Public Works to ready the trail for construction. We thank town engineer, Kevin White, and public works supervisor, Charles Coyle for their guidance and help and we thank East Haven Public Works Crew for their pre-construction work contribution.

Wider paths on the newly remodeled trail

Wider paths on the newly remodeled trail

We invite all residents to take time to enjoy a lovely walk(or bike ride) in the park on this substantial improvement to a special place in town.

Town of Branford Approves Funding for New Trail Section

Chet's Pond located on the Tabor Property in Branford

Chet’s Pond located on the Tabor Property in Branford

On October 14th, the Branford Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a proposal by Town Engineer Janice Plaziak to apply funds from a federal grant to the design and construction of 1 mile of new trail in Branford.


Branford team members Jack Wood, Peg Stamp, Dave Stamp, and Leo Cristofar are shown listening as Branford Co-Chair Chet Blomquist describes the Tabor section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail to the Board of Selectmen.

The trail will extend from Pine Orchard Road to Meadow Street, passing through the town-owned Tabor property.  Shoreline Greenway Trail already has a temporary trail on this property that runs along Chet’s Pond and exits at Tabor Drive.

This scenic trail section will offer safe off-road biking to families, pedestrian access for joggers and walkers, and handicapped access as well.  It will be a great addition to the recreational facilities of the Town of Branford, adding to the attraction of nearby Ecology Park, which was recently officially opened. When finished, the trail section (known as Branford section B3 of the Shoreline Greenway Trail) will form an important step towards our goal to provide Branford residents an off-road bicycle/pedestrian trail between the town center, the railroad station and the Stony Creek section of town.

Our thanks to the Town Engineer and the Board of Selectmen for their support.
Read more in the Branford Eagle article.

Walkers explore the Tabor Property

Walkers explore the Tabor Property

SGT thanks our donors

Eagle Scout Eric Marsh has completed the installation of our donor acknowledgement sign beside the rest area he built for trail users in Hammonassett Park. In the photos he is putting the finishing touches on the framework and standing beside his finished product.

photoThe sign lists all the funding sources for this section of the trail so far. We are deeply grateful to all.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is first on the list because it starts with A, but also gave the first very large grant designated specifically for the Hammonasset section.  That grant got the project off to a strong start.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has helped with funding through the Long Island Sound License Plate Fund and the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration. The DEEP staff has also been tremendously helpful in working through the permitting process.

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven challenged us to raise funds to qualify for their grant and that spurred us to get others to give and have their gifts matched.

IMG_3685The Dorr Foundation made their grant in honor of long-time Madison resident Shirley Punzelt on her retirement from their board of directors.

The Madison Garden Club, the Madison Newcomers Club, and the Madison Jaycees, all civic groups, gave as part of their community support programs.

And finally hundreds of individuals gave to this section, and we hope they are out enjoying the trail frequently.