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ECGA CONNECTICUT COMMITTEE

The 190-mile Connecticut route shows off the unique diversity of Connecticut, from our historic coast and inland areas showcasing our urban, suburban and rural communities. 33% (over 60 miles) of the route is completed as off-road multi-use trail, and another 27% is in development. A few areas remain where the Alliance and its partners will need to devote extra time and energy in the coming years. These areas include the Merritt Parkway Trail, envisioned to parallel the 37.5-mile Merritt Parkway in Fairfield County;the remaining gaps in the Farmington Canal Heritage Trailin Cheshire (4.7-miles) and Southington, Plainville, and Farmington (9.1-miles); and the 9.8-mile spur route from Simsbury through Bloomfield to Hartford. Local advocacy in the state is strong, and many of these gaps are being planned or designed right now.

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, 150 miles of the total route are 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.

 

Officers:          R. Bruce Donald, CT Committee Chair

President, Farmington Valley Trails Council

 

Francis Pickering, Vice Chair

Central CT Regional Planning Authority

 

Molly Henry, Ex-Officio

New England Trail Coordinator, ECGA

Committees:    Rob Dexter, Signage Chair

 

Jerry Silber, Southern CT Chair

 

Steve Mitchell, Central CT Chair

 

TBD, Eastern CT Chair

 

Bruce Donald, Routing Chair

 

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

  • 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

 

OUR TRAILS

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 this fall.

 

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail [30.5 of 44.7 Miles Built]

FCHT 2014 by Steve Mitchell

FCHT 2014 by Steve Mitchell

 

41.7 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 southern Farmington and northern Southington; a 9.1 mile stretch. To the south the FCHT is completed with only a 4.7-mile gap in Cheshire 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 and is currently in development at CTDOT.

Hop River Trail [8.6 of 12.5 Miles Built]

Communities along the Hop River Trail (12.5-miles, Windham to Bolton) have been improving the trail’s dirt surface, and work should continue. So far, 8.6-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 2014. 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 [18.6 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
  • Help us install and monitor ECG trail markers

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

KEY CONTACTS

R. Bruce Donald

ECGA Connecticut Committee Chair
president@fvgreenway.org

860-202-3928

 

Molly Henry
ECGA New England Trail Coordinator
molly@greenway.org
610-348-4931

 

Bill O’Neill

(Past CT Chair)

billoneillgreenways@cox.net

860-614-5368

Steve Mitchell

Board of Trustees ECGA

stevenmitchelljp@gmail.com

860-550-0350

PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

The ECGA is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in the state of Connecticut. Partners include but are not limited to:

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