Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) is the all-volunteer, nonprofit organization focused on creating a glorious, non-motorized continuous trail on the Connecticut shoreline for people of all ages to enjoy.
To create a multi-use continuous trail spanning 25-miles from Lighthouse Point on New Haven Harbor to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison that is environmentally sensitive, land appropriate and landowner approved. The Trail will connect with village centers, parks, railroad stations, schools and other trails in the four towns of East Haven, Branford, Guilford and Madison, in order to preserve and enhance the livability of each town, and help improve the well-being of people of all ages who love the outdoors — including bicyclists, runners, walkers, baby carriage pushers, cross country skiers.
In the summer of 2001, a group of Guilford residents who loved to run and bicycle realized that what the area needed was a trail for safe biking and running along the shoreline. They tested the idea with a few other people and it was instantly and enthusiastically embraced. As an affiliate of the Guilford Preservation Alliance, we banded together and over the next few months defined our goals and built an organizational structure to present to local town officials and the residents of the four towns.
SGT held its first public community information meeting in April 2002. More than 100 people turned out to hear about this exciting new idea, and embraced it. We received letters of support from the three first selectmen and the mayor of our four towns, as well as State legislators Ed Meyer, Pat Widlitz and Deborah Heinrich. Our Congressional leaders Rosa DeLauro, Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman also enthusiastically gave their support. By 2003, Shoreline Greenway Trail was officially incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with a Board of Directors.
As a grassroots, all-volunteer organization, we have grown dramatically and are pleased that over 2,500 member families from the shoreline and surrounding towns are dedicated to this exciting and unique vision. Moreover, we are proud that state, federal and corporate grant funding since inception totals over $3 million. See our Shoreline Greenway Trail Annual Report for 2009
2,500+ member families and organizations support our work
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