ECGA CONNECTICUT COMMITTEE
The 195-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 29% 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 (.37-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.
Francis Pickering, Vice Chair, Western CT Council of Governments
Bruce Donald, Ex-Officio, Tri-State Greenway Coordinator, ECGA
Rob Dexter, Signage Chair
Jerry Silber, Southern CT Chair
Steve Mitchell, Central CT Chair
TBD, Eastern CT Chair
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
Western CT: Merritt Parkway Trail [0% of 37.5 Miles Built]
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 [33 of 44.7 Miles Built]
43.2 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!
Bruce Donald, Tri-State Greenway Coordinator, ECGA
Bill O’Neill, (Past CT Chair)
Steve Mitchell, (Past Board of Trustees ECGA)
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:
- Bike/Walk Connecticut
- CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
- CT Department of Transportation
- CT Explorer’s Guide
- CT Forest & Park Association
- CT Greenways Council
- CT Bike/Ped Advisory Board
- CT Safe Routes to School
- Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association
- Farmington Valley Trails Council
- Airline Trail
- Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance
- Plainville Greenway Alliance