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ECGA CONNECTICUT COMMITTEE

The Connecticut Committee for the ECG is extremely active in advocating for local trails and greenways. These volunteers coordinate route selection and undertake our advocacy efforts to move the Greenway ahead in the state. Remarkably, all of the on and off road route is marked as ECG by volunteers. By building support and partnerships with citizens, public agencies and organizations at the local and state levels, the Connecticut Committee is helping to get the ECG on the ground, mile by mile.  Meetings are held three times a year and dates will be posted.  Our last meeting was November 3rd 2016; see the Minutes here:ECGA CT Meeting Minutes11-3-16

GOALS

  • Close the two gaps in the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail (FCHT)
  • Advocate for the feasibility, design, and approval of the Merritt Parkway Trail
  • Construct the Tariffville/Bloomfield/Hartford Spur
  • Finish the gaps in Eastern CT
  • Post ECG signage along the on and off-road routes in CT
  • Grow Committee membership and act as a liaison with advocacy groups and municipalities
  • Designate ECG CT Routes
  • Conduct bi-monthly meetings and telephone conferences
  • Grow East Coast Greenway Alliance membership

OFFICERS

Stuart Popper, Chair, Director of Planning, Cromwell, popper.stuart@gmail.com; 860-670-5423

Steve Mitchell, Vice Chair, Former ECGA Trustee, stevenmitchelljp@gmail.com; 860-550-0350

Bruce Donald, Ex-Officio, Tri-State Greenway Coordinator, ECGA, bruce@greenway.org; 860-707-2888

COMMITTEES

Rob Dexter, Signage Chair

Mark Moriarty, Technical Advisory Chair

Jerry Silber, Southern CT Chair

Steve Mitchell, Central CT Chair

TBD, Eastern CT Chair

TRAIL UPDATES

Western CT: Merritt Parkway Trail [0% of 37.5 Miles Built]

RPA Photo Simulation

RPA Photo Simulation

 

Governor Dannel P. Malloy directed $1 million for a feasibility study for the Merritt Parkway corridor. Local municipal meetings sponsored by CTDOT outlining the project for citizens continue through summer 2014 and the final study is hopefully finished fall of 2016.

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail [39 of 47 Miles Built]

FCHT 2014 by Steve Mitchell

FCHT 2014 by Steve Mitchell

39 completed miles of the multi-use (asphalt surfaced) Farmington Canal Heritage Trail (FCHT) bisect Connecticut from New Haven to Suffield. Its sister loop trail, the Farmington River Trail, (FRT) boasts an additional 10.1 miles. The FCHT has proven to be a remarkable success. Unfortunately two gaps remain.  Plainville has been working hard since 2004 to plan for the construction of the FCHT in their community, which is the last major gap in the system, along with northern Southington; a 6.4 mile stretch. To the south the FCHT is completed with only a .7-mile gap in Cheshire, and 1.6 miles in New Haven left to construct.

Hartford Spur Trail [0% of 10 Miles Built]

This approximately 10-mile trail runs from the existing FCHT in Simsbury at RT 315 on the Tariffville Connector Trail and the Bloomfield Trail along the Griffin Line Railroad, hooking up with Bushnell Park and Downtown Hartford. 1.8 miles will be completed in Bloomfield and construction of Phase I in Tariffville will start in 2017.

Hop River Trail [10.4 of 12.5 Miles Built]

Communities along the Hop River Trail (12.5-miles, Windham to Bolton) have been improving the trail’s stone-dust surface, and work is continuing. So far, 10.4-miles have been improved to meet ECG surface standards in the towns of Bolton and Andover. The Andover covered bridge was installed recently and further improvements in Bolton are expected in 2016-17. ECG trail markers have been installed on the upgraded portions of the Hop River Trail courtesy of CT’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

Eastern CT [20.4 of 61.75 Miles Built]

The eastern part of the state, sometimes referred to as the “last green valley”, is the most rural area in the corridor between Boston and Washington, DC. A series of completed rail trails starting with the Hop River Trail, the Air Line Trail North, the Tracy Rd. Trail, the Quinnebaug River Trail and the Moosup Valley Trail run through this region. They connect historic mill towns like Willimantic passing through forests and farmlands in between.

Find our complete ECG Maps and Cue Sheets here. Google maps, turn-by-turn cue sheets, and overview maps are available to help plan your trip and find your way through the route in Connecticut.

The CT Committee currently needs volunteers to:

  • Support the Merritt Parkway initiative in each of the bisecting towns including Stratford, Trumbull, Fairfield, Westport, Norwalk, New Canaan, Stamford, Greenwich , educate detractors and attend public meetings, interact with elected officials and staff. Get involved with the Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance.
  • Support our other major trail building initiatives in a number of communities across the State!
  • Help us install and monitor ECG trail signs.
  • Become an ECGA Trail Ambassador

Give us a call or email to see what you can do to “Close the Gaps” in Connecticut

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