DEEP and the Connecticut Greenways Council are soliciting nominations for official greenway designations through April 29. 2016.
Greenways are an integral part of any community, offering recreational opportunities, providing alternate transportation options, helping to preserve the environment, and supporting economic development. They can make a community a more attractive place to live by connecting living spaces with the environment, and they preserve history and cultivate town pride.
An official designation by the Greenways Council recognizes a greenway as an open space that not only meets the definition, but also enhances the community and is supported by local government initiatives.
Designated greenways, both for recreation and resource protection, will be listed in a subsequent revision of the State Plan of Conservation and Development and may receive increased consideration for a variety of grants. There are currently 75 designated greenways in Connecticut.
The deadline for the submission of the nomination form is April 29, 2016.
Today's CT Mirror features a very good story by Mark Pazniokas on a first step to better coordinate the bicycle and pedestrian work of DOT and DEEP.
With our focus on active transportation, Bike Walk Connecticut would like to see more comprehensive, deliberate, and strategic integration of multiuse greenways and complete streets efforts, connecting both to transit for a truly multimodal transportation system befitting the wealthiest, best educated state in the US.
With Cash for Bike Trail, New Era Begins at ConnDOT
By Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror, Sept. 29, 2015
The Connecticut Department of Transportation will mark a milestone today when the state Bond Commission authorizes $5.1 million to construct a missing piece of the New Haven-to-Northampton, Mass., bicycle trail in Farmington.
For the first time, the DOT will wholly fund a section of a regional trail system that evolved from a series of municipal projects financed by a mix of federal dollars and local matching funds, a formula that long has frustrated advocates of mixed-use trails.
The funding signifies the start of the DOT delivering on a promise to play a stronger role with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in the completion of Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and another major system, the East Coast Greenway. Read the full story here.
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Tonight is the big night! The final public meeting with ConnDOT on the Merritt Parkway trail feasibility study is tonight at 7pm in Greenwich (Town Hall Meeting Room, Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd).
Please consider joining the Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance prior to the meeting at 5:30pm for a get together at Cosi (129 West Putnam Ave, Greenwich). The group will discus strategy, letters of support & next steps. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to be there.
If you haven't already submitted a letter of support for the trail to DOT, please consider doing so and forward the template to your friends, family & colleagues (http://www.greenway.org/?attachment_id=4618). (See more below.)
Let's keep the momentum going. Hope to see you tonight!
Letter of Support Information
Please support the Merritt Parkway Trail. October 3rd is the deadline for comments. If ConnDOT does not have enough people saying they favor, in concept only at this point, a multi-use trail that connects the 8 towns along the Merritt Parkway, this valuable project will die on the vine.
There are a couple of points that people seem to be confused about:
Here is the URL to the form to support the trail:
And this is a link to read more about the trail itself.
The Greater New Milford Spectrum reports that cyclists took part in the 289-mile Western New England Greenway bike ride in July, which started in Burlington, VT and ended in New Milford.
The ride was meant to promote the creation of a greenway for cyclists from Quebec's province-wide Route Verte to Long Island Sound.
Read the full article here.
Want a Western New England Greenway? Meet Up With Riders Going from Burlington, VT to Long Island Sound on July 25 or July 26
Proposed Western New England Greenway To Connect Communities In Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont
On July 20, former Bike Walk CT board member Tom O'Brien, his son Jake, Brookfield Selectman Bill Davidson and 7 others began a week-long bike ride from Burlington, Vermont to Norwalk, Connecticut following the route of the proposed Western New England Greenway (http://www.wnegreenway.org).
The ride is intended to increase awareness and public support for the effort to unite all of the organizations that are planning to create bike/ped trails along the Route 7 corridor in order to create a safe route for walking and biking that extends all the way from the Long Island Sound to the Canadian Border.
In addition to the 10 through-riders, Tom and team are hoping to persuade many of our supporters to meet up with us along the way and join us for all or part of a day's ride. If any of you are interested, here is the schedule for the last two days of the tour:
Friday, July 25 (Great Barrington to New Milford)
8:30 am: Depart from the Travel Lodge in Great Barrington (400 Stockbridge Rd)
3:00 pm: Meet up with local bike-riders in Gaylordsville and head to the New Milford Green
4:00 pm: Arrival at the Green; welcome reception in front of Homestead Inn.
Saturday July 26 (New Milford to Norwalk)
9:00 am: Depart from the Homestead Inn
10:00 am: Brief stops in Brookfield at the Bicycle Center, and at the trailhead (Silvermine Road next to Brookfield Police Station) for the soon-to-be-extended Still River Greenway
10:30 am: Ride to completion of tour in Norwalk.
We are particularly hopeful that a large group will meet us at the Gaylordsville Store on Friday afternoon (around 3) and accompany us on the final 7 miles to the Green.
If you'd like to follow our progress on the WNEG14 Bike Tour, we'll be posting regular updates on:
American Trails presents this webinar to help trail planners address the challenges and complexities of building trails in difficult situations. The presenters will review alignment strategies, structural systems, and techniques for solving these problems and building quality trails.
$35 members / $55 nonmembers (CEUs $20 additional fee)
The Plainville Greenway Alliance and the Bike/Walk Friendly Alliance of Plainville is seeking volunteers to help get the nine-mile gap in the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.
Volunteers are needed to work with other advocates to work with local, state and federal officials and agencies to plan, finance and extend the trail through Plainville from Southington to Farmington.
Read the full article in the Hartford Courant here.
This month the Governor’s Greenways Council designated five new greenways in Connecticut, as well as commended nine individuals and a non-profit organization that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways.
The Council presented the following awards:
2014 CT Greenways Council Award Recipients:
2014 Officially Designated Greenways
Upper Farmington River in Canton – With this designation, the entire Farmington River in the Town of Canton is now an official Connecticut Greenway. This greenway encourages the protection of natural resources and promotes sustainable recreational uses in the corridor. The Town of Canton can be contacted for more information.
Lower Farmington River in Windsor and Bloomfield – This was a collaborative nomination between the two towns listed and the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA). The purpose of the designation is to promote the natural, recreational, and cultural resources of the Lower Farmington River. The goals for the Lower Farmington River Greenway are: Natural resource protection within and on both sides of the River; Encourage, enhance, and promote existing and new recreational opportunities along the River; Promote through education the inter-connections between cultural resources and the River. This greenway designation is also one of the management goals for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Management Plan, dated June 2011. For more information contact the FRWA. frwa.org
Mill Brook Greenway in Windsor - This was a collaborative nomination between the Town of Windsor and the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA). The purpose of the designation is to promote the natural, recreational, and cultural resources of Mill Brook. The goals for the Mill Brook Greenway are: Natural resource protection within and on both sides of the Brook; Encourage, enhance, and promote existing and new recreational opportunities along the Brook; Promote through education the inter-connections between cultural resources and the Brook; Continue and enhance collaborations with the Towns of Windsor, FRWA, and others for better coordination and planning for the Mill Brook Greenway. For more information contact the Town of Windsor.
Hanover Pond Linear Trail in Meriden - This is an extension of the previously designated Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail and Quinnipiac River Greenway. The Hanover Pond Trail is a ten-foot wide asphalt multi-use trail with the use of motorized vehicles prohibited. The paved trail has been constructed to adhere to A.D.A. (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements for handicapped accessibility. The trail sits on the railroad bed of the Meriden, Waterbury & Connecticut River Railroad (circa 1890’s) and provides scenic viewing areas from Meriden’s Red Bridge, at the entrance of the Quinnipiac River Gorge Linear Trail, to the Orville H. Platt High School. Contact the Meriden Linear Trail Advisory Committee for more information.www.meridenlineartrail.org
Upper Connecticut River in Windsor - This was a collaborative nomination between the Town of Windsor and the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA). The purpose of the designation is to promote the natural, recreational, and cultural resources of the Upper Connecticut River. The goals of the Upper Connecticut River Greenway are: Natural resource protection on the west side of the Connecticut River within Windsor; Encourage, enhance, and promote existing and new recreational opportunities along the River; Promote through education the inter-connections between cultural resources and the River. For more information contact the Town of Windsor.
This weekend is the 22nd annual Connecticut Trails Day Weekend. There will be 258 trail events throughout the state on June 7th and 8th. Events include hiking, horseback riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational walks, cycling, bird watching and more. These events are guided by knowledgeable volunteers from local hiking clubs, parks and recreation departments, state agencies, conservation organizations, historic groups, education programs, and land trusts.
Click here to view a booklet with all the events.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation will hold a public informational meeting regarding the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail Extension.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the Cheshire Town Hall, Council of Chambers, 84 South Main Street, Cheshire, Connecticut. A design presentation will start at 7 p.m. with a question and answer period immediately following.
The purpose of this project is to extend the shared use path known as the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in the Town of Cheshire. The Department is currently designing two sections of the trail.
Section 1 – Project No. 25-145: Between Cornwall Avenue and Route 68/70 (West Main Street).
Section 2 – Project No. 25-144: Between Jarvis Street and the Southington town line.
The Town is also currently designing another section of the trail between Routes 68/70 (West Main Street) and Jarvis Street under Project No. 25-135. The completion of both the Town and State’s designed projects will close the 4.7 mile gap in the trail corridor to provide a continuous 23 mile trail from New Haven to Southington.
The project will generally consist of a 12-foot wide paved surface with a 2-foot stone dust shoulder throughout the length of the 4.7 mile gap. A boardwalk section is proposed through much of the wetland area in Section 1 and consists of a 10-foot wide surface.
The present schedule indicates that construction is planned for the Town’s section, Project No. 25-135, in 2015; and the State’s design Section 2 in 2016 and Section 1 in 2017. The estimated construction cost for the state designed project is approximately $4.6 million for Section 1 and $6.0 million for Section 2. Both are anticipated to be undertaken with 80% federal funds and 20% state funds.
The public informational meeting is being held to offer a full opportunity for public participation and to allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail Extension in the town of Cheshire.
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