The Connecticut State Parks is celebrating its centennial with a year-long celebration. Part of the celebration will include a 10-day trek across Connecticut by bike, kayak and foot, which is being dubbed the Centennial SoJourn (Summer OutdoorJourney).
The event kicks off on Thursday, August 15, and continues through Sunday, August 25.
The Connecticut DEEP web site says there are a number of activities throughout the 10-days that will be perfect opportunities for families to get outside and join the celebration.
There are a core group of individuals that will participate in the SoJourn from start to finish.
The “core” group will be travelling about 20 miles/day. Most of the route will be done by bike, but they will also be paddling down the Connecticut River, riding the Essex Steam Train, hiking, and camping along the shores of the Connecticut River, on the beaches of Long Island Sound and at Beardsley Zoo.
The final destination is Sherwood Island—Connecticut's first state park. A celebration will be held here to recognize everyone who completed the journey and kick-off the next phase of the State Parks Centennial Celebration.
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The July 2013 edition of DEEP's newsletter for Connecticut's Businesses & Municipalities reports this news on greenways and Bike to Work Day:
This spring the Governor's Greenways Council designated three new Greenways and recognized seven individuals who have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways at a ceremony at the historic Chelsea Harbor Marina in Norwich.
Greenways have been designated since 2001 and Connecticut now has a total of 70 across the state. Many of the Greenways designated recently are near communities that attract people who want to shop, exercise, and enjoy recreation from their bicycle or by walking -- which helps to boost the economy of their neighborhoods. Awards were presented to: Senator Richard Blumenthal; Mayor Pedro Segarra, Hartford; Martin Michalec, Stafford Springs; Will Britnell, Newington; First Selectman Bob Burbank, Andover; Chris Ozyck, East Coast Greenway; and to Diane Ciano, Plymouth.
The new officially designated Greenways are Ellington's Hockanum River Linear Park; Ellington, East Hartford, Manchester and Vernon; the Mad River Greenway, Wolcott; and the Yantic River Greenway, Norwich.
Bike to Work Day
This year's annual Bike to Work Day, sponsored by Bike Walk Connecticut, was held on May 17th. The event showcases that bicycling is not only fun, healthy, and good for the environment, but that it's also a viable means of alternative transportation. Twenty-five Connecticut cities, towns and businesses took part, including Bethel, Bridgeport, Bloomfield, East Hartford, Fairfield, Farmington, Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, New Haven, Newington, Norwalk, Norwich, Stamford, Simsbury, South Windsor, Waterbury, Wethersfield, West Hartford and Windsor Locks. DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty actively promoted greater participation from Connecticut's state agencies and rode his bike along with DOT Commissioner Jim Redeker and DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith. CT Rides also helped promote the event with more than 700 people participating state-wide this year.
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