East Haven

November 12, 2010

EAST HAVEN, CT Incorporated 1826/Population 18,000+

[singlepic id=99 w=320 h=240 float=right]Town where the west end of the Trail starts at Lighthouse Point on New Haven Harbor, spanning 25 miles east to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.

NEWSFLASH  – VOLUNTEER RIGHT NOW !!  JUMPSTART SPRING !   We can’t do Trail work until the snows melt, but there are many, many other important tasks to accomplish  immediately to help us prepare for this Spring’s activities for the East Haven sections of the Shoreline Greenway Trail. Have fun and help – see what task below appeals to you, and if you have a little time, please call chair Barbara Brow at  203-469-9127. Volunteers are needed  in East Haven to:

– WRITE A GRANT – research and write grants for funds to build our trail section in the Farm River State Park.

–  IDENTIFY TREES along the trail at DC Moore School and tag them.

– HELP PLAN A BIRD HOUSE PROJECT for a March installation.

– ORGANIZE  TRAIL MAINTENANCE  to get ready for work in March!


Trail Section Update

Trail work in East Haven is at varying stages, with an approximate total of 1.5 miles cleared across three sections.

  • Two sections are located on town property at DC Moore School; one is about 1,300 feet and completely constructed, while the other is about 720 feet of cleared trail leading to a beautiful overview of our tidal wetlands known as the Bradford Preserve.
  • The third cleared section, approximately ¾ of a mile, meanders through Farm River State Park.
  • Current Trail Access locations:
  • Short Beach Road at the entrance to Farm River State Park
  • Elliot Street – DC Moore School
  • Cosey Beach Avenue and Coe Avenue (Town Beach parking lot) after Labor Day and before Memorial Day
  • Mansfield Groove Road and Hoop Pole Lane (parking lot)

A Word of Thanks

On June 5th we celebrated Connecticut Trails Day by hosting a walk and ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Farm River State Park Trail section which was thankfully cleared by Boy Scout Troop 401 and the young men who chose Shoreline Greenway Trail for their Eagle Scout project. Attending the ceremony was Wendy Bellmore, Regional Commissioner of the Boy Scouts, Boy Scout leaders Michael Gambardella and Brian Burr, State Senator Leonard Fasano and East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon. Connecticut Trail Day – The Courier

The scouts who cleared our trails (working toward their Eagle Scout Badges) were:

Justin Richardson – first cleared trail (1,300 feet) at DC Moore School

Michael Gambardella, Jr. – second cleared trail (720 feet) at DC Moore School

David Gambardella, Alex Burr and Brandon Pinche  – third cleared trail through Farm River State Park

Thanks also go out to a group of students from the East Haven ‘Summer Help Program’ who assisted in a clean up at DC Moore School trail.

Finally, Ed Foley graciously videotaped our public hearings on Stantec’s feasibility study.

Other Happenings

Media Coverage

Public Access TV:

Our June walk and celebration was covered by Ed Foley who videotaped it for broadcast on Channel 18.


Our June walk/celebration in East Haven Courier


Public Service Announcements run regularly to encourage walking our beautiful trails.

New Parking Lot

With Mayor April Capone Almon’s approval, the East Haven Public Service Department has created a parking lot at Hoop Pole Lane and Mansfield Grove Road.

Osprey in flight East Haven

Osprey sighting, Herons and more

Two osprey and nests were found at Bradford Preserve; herons and other small wildlife can be seen throughout Farm River State Park.

Osprey at East Haven

October Walk

On October 2nd, East Haven Board Members Michael Gambardella and Barbara Brow led a hike through two wooded and picturesque trail sections at DC Moore School.

Walk details can be found here…



Stay Tuned to Channel 18

Town Chair Barbara Brow will be a guest in December 2010. Date/time to be posted soon.

East Haven Team Meetings

All those who wish to promote the trail in East Haven are welcome to join us at the East Haven Senior Center (Taylor Ave.) on the second Monday of each month at 7:00PM.


Email: easthaven@shorelinegreenwaytrail.org

Town Chair:  Barbara Brow  203-469-9127

Alternate Town Chair: Michael Gambardella

Other Town Team Leaders:

East Haven Shoreline Greenway Trail Team

Toby Armour

John Cox

Barbara Esposito

Mary Frazeur

Michael Gambardella

Carole Holm

George Kenyon

Kelly Kenyon

Lara Miner

Bill Richardson

Don Thomas

Peggy Thomas


Build or maintain trails? Help raise funds or increase membership? Join the Outreach Team to help promote our cause? We’d love to have you on board. Click here to sign up.


Gazebo at Splash Park

Town Beach: www.townofeasthavenct.org

Shoreline Trolley Museum: www.bera.org

Farm River State Park: www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=454726

Sand Piper Restaurant: www.sandpipereasthaven.com

Beachhead: www.beachheadct.com

The Lodge at Silver Sands Beach Club: www.silversandsbeachclub.com