The mission of the Shoreline Greenway Trail is to develop and manage a public, multi-use greenway trail from New Haven Harbor to Hammonasset Beach State Park for non-motorized recreation and alternative transportation.
In the early 2000s a group of people came together to discuss the possibility of developing a recreational trail along the shoreline similar to the East Bay Trail that skirts the east side of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. They determined that it should run from Lighthouse Point in New Haven to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, and began to recruit volunteers in each of the towns it would cross, organize as a corporation, obtain non-profit tax status, and raise funds. The organization is completely managed by volunteers with no office and very little overhead. Each town has a team responsible for developing and maintaining the trail in their town. Governance is handled by a board of directors drawn from all the towns.
Most trails of this type are built on an existing right-of-way such as a former rail corridor, or a canal towpath. There is no existing right-of-way for this trail, and thus much effort has been required to identify a suitable route. As of this writing approximately 40 percent of the trail length has been identified, landowner permission obtained, and development begun.
When completed, the trail will be a 25-mile, multi-purpose, recreational pathway. It will be environmentally sensitive, appropriate to the land, and acceptable to landowners. It will connect schools, parks, railroad stations, village centers, and other trails, promoting alternative transportation that does not burn fossil fuels. As an exceptional facility for walking, running, biking, cross-country skiing, and nature studies, the trail will provide a serene, pastoral respite in an area that is increasingly under pressure from development.
The organization strives to encourage outdoor recreation and has been very successful in developing a popular tradition, the First Saturday Walk. Walks are held on the first Saturday of each month in alternating towns with an average of fifty to sixty participants and up to more than one hundred. Biking is also encouraged with plans for several First Saturday rides each year.
1. Trail clearing and building.
Building a 25-mile biking and hiking trail along the Connecticut Shoreline is a massive undertaking. We recall advice from our National Park Service consultant, John Monroe, at our first annual meeting more than ten years ago, who told us that we were beginning a project that would not be finished for 20 years, or more!
Today more than 40 percent of the trail route has been established, and construction has been done on six major sections. Two of those sections are now fully finished with a crushed granite topping, and they are beautiful!
We are starting to access the major US Department of Transportation grant awarded to Shoreline Greenway Trail ten years ago, as we design and construct a spectacular trail section alongside the scenic Bradford Preserve in East Haven. A second federally-funded project is in the works in Branford, and the towns of Guilford and Madison are beginning work on theirs. Momentum is building!
Of course, it takes far more than design and construction to build a trail. First and foremost, thanks to many individual, we have strong community support with more than 2,500 individuals and families who share the vision and support the dream with generous contributions.
And that broad support has motivated our town and state government officials to help us in many ways: by making land available for the trail, by approving the many required permits, and by providing all-important government grants. It has impressed foundations and corporations to award us important grants.
It takes a long time to design and build a trail, but as each section gets finished, it is quickly adopted by nearby residents and becomes an intensely popular resource. Thousands of people are now using this trail every year.
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