Shoreline Greenway Trail is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to building a 25-mile continuous path for bicyclists, walkers and hikers on the Connecticut Shoreline from Lighthouse Point in New Haven through East Haven, Branford, and Guilford to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.
Branford’s first Town Meeting held on Sunday, March 2 was a great success. Our thanks go to the Blackstone Library for hosting the event and to the SOUND for its publicity. But most of all we thank those who attended. We hope that they were informed about the Shoreline Greenway Trail by our power point presentation and by the maps posted around the room. The atmosphere was informal as our guests enjoyed refreshments organized by Bimmie Herget and asked questions about the placement and design of the Trail here in Branford. Chet Blomquist added to the fun by donating some of his handcrafted walking sticks for a drawing.
In the pictures above, we have Judy Miller leading the presentation, Chet Blomquist relating Shoreline Greenway Trail history, Peg Stamp directing the presentation, Jack Wood waiting for his chance to speak about the maps and trail development and Jo Zaehringer displaying the volunteer sign-up sheets and encouraging all to sign up for something! Special thanks to those who did volunteer to help us as we move forward.
In sum, a great time was had by all and we thank everyone for their support and interest.
If you haven’t seen the article in the SOUND and would like to read it, go to http://www.shorepublishing.com/article/20140226/NWS10/302279585/-1/zip06details
SGT Leader Peter Goldberg will follow the white blazed trail west and north, around Lost Lake and return on the orange trail and white blazed trail back to our cars. Bring snack and water. 1.5 hours round trip, depending on snow on ground.
Meet: 10 am at Westwoods parking lot. Sam Hill Road & Route 146. If weather looks iffy, call Peter at 203-675-7717.
Come join us for a beautiful and informative walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday February 1, 2014.
Shoreline Greenway’s Madison Chair, Ginny Raff, will lead us along the planned trail path from our new parking lot to the walkway across the marsh. We will continue along the completed trail section around the peninsula offering spectacular marsh views and bird watching. The trail section that is not yet built is level and easy walking, and the finished trail is easy with a few minor hills. The walk is about 2 miles roundtrip and will last about 1 hour.
Meet: 10 a.m. at our new SGT eastern trailhead parking lot off Route 1 just east of the Hammonasset entrance road.
Directions: I95, Exit 62. Go south to Route 1; make a left onto Route 1 and a right into Hammonasset Beach State Park service road and the SGT parking lot.
Questions: contact Ginny at Madison@shorelinegreenwaytrail.org
On Saturday, January 4, a group of intrepid walkers braved single digit temperatures to meet at the Tabor Lutheran Church parking lot for our Branford Shoreline Greenway Trail First Saturday Walk through the Tabor property. Our courage was rewarded with a beautiful winter walk and bright sunlight sparkling on the newly fallen snow. We spotted lots of animals: a hawk sitting on a high branch facing the sun, a small vole tunneling a path below the snow, signs of wild turkey and deer and, of course, the ever present sparrows in the thick bushes. Chet Blomquist led us along the pond that bears his name, describing how SGT hopes to build trail there. At the eastern end of the Tabor Greenway Trail we turned west to walk back along the dirt road that cuts through the Tabor property. Chet pointed out the landfill and told us about the wonderful views from the top. However, because of the snow, we had to take his word and save the hike up until another time.
Special thanks to the brave souls who came out for the walk -Trudy Kiaunis, Kelley and Bill Fryer, Lou DeLuca, Janet Battista, Peter Herman, Michael Stitelman, Louise LaMontagne, Idrian Resnick, Sarah Greene (on skis), who joined us for a while with her children Jena and Wesley and their dog Attie, to Chet for leading us on our adventure and to SGT members Judy Miller, Peg Stamp and Dave Stamp who helped lead the walk.