Madison Art Society Hits the Trail, September 6th

M view from access rd trail section summer wOur ‘First Saturday’ Walk in September will offer walkers the chance to watch and meet members of the Madison Art Society.  Artists will set up their easels along the trail en plein air and hikers may stop and  watch and talk with the artists.  The walk will take place on Saturday, September 6 at 10 am.  

Later in the day, there will be a reception and exhibition of the completed, framed trail scenes at Friends & Co. Restaurant in Madison.

Featured on  the hike will be a new  section of trail completed since our last walk there and the  always-beautiful views  of the salt marshes. Easy two-mile walk. Meet  at the SGT Eastern Trailhead parking lot off Rte. 1 just  east of the  Hammonasset entrance road. Directions: Exit 62 from I 95  south to Rte. 1. Left  onto Rte. 1 and right into the Hammonasset Park service  road. Questions: Ginny at  madison@shorelinegreenwaytrail.org.

Calling All Guilford Trail Supporters — Please Attend August 13th Public Hearing on SGT!

To our valued Guilford members and supporters of Shoreline Greenway Trail:
 
We are writing you each in haste.  We are asking as many of you as possible to attend a very important Public Hearing about Shoreline Greenway Trail’s first section in Guilford, just scheduled by the Town for next Wednesday August 13 at 7:30PM, at the Guilford Community Center. 
 
This hearing will solicit public feedback about our very first proposed one-mile Trail section in Guilford, on the south side of Route 1, completely separate from the road, from the East River bridge up to Boston Street!
 
Our Guilford SGT Team member Milton Charlton has been working over the past couple years with Guilford Town Engineer, Jim Portley, and his assistant, Mark Damiani, to develop the route and a preliminary design plan for this segment that will be presented at this Public Hearing. The plan has been given a preliminary review by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. 
 
This is our first public opportunity in a long time to demonstrate to the Town officials that many, many residents of Guilford support our Trail and are anxious for us to get started with our first section in Guilford at long last.  
 
There is strength in numbers!  Even if the meeting goes well, and is brief, your supportive presence will be very important in confirming to the Town leadership and to the State Department of Transportation that this is a project that should go forward . . . as a major asset for the Town and our residents.
 
So, please help build the first Trail section in Guilford . . . . .  by attending Wednesday night!
Thank you!   
 
Milton Charlton, co-chair, Guilford Team, Shoreline Greenway Trail
Pam Bisbee Simonds, new co-chair, Guilford Team, SGT
        (since Milton is away, if you have any questions, please email or call Pam at 203-453-2271)

First Saturday Walk in Branford

On Saturday, July 26th, a work party consisting of Chet Blomquist, Tony Corso, Leo Cristofar and Judy Miller cleaned up the temporary trail at the Hearth at Gardenside in preparation for our First Saturday walk on August 2nd.  We were pleased to find that the trail was in relatively good shape, except for some downed trees, which Tony quickly disposed of with his chain saw.  Thank you, Tony!

Unfortunately, the weather on August 2nd was not cooperative.  A gentle but steady  summer rain fell from early morning on., calling the walk into question. Still, two intrepid walkers,  Johanna Epperson of New Haven and Eileen Waldron of East Haven,  showed up, and Chet and Judy took them on a rather wet and drippy walk to the promontory overlooking the Farm River estuary.  The osprey nests didn’t show much activity, but we watched a family of four with umbrellas walking along the Shoreline Trolley Line tracks toward Short Beach and a lone fisherman who wasn’t having much luck. The rain gradually slowed down and,  as the photo indicates, our small group had a wet but happy time walking the trail!

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Photo from left to right:  Eileen Waldron, Johanna Epperson, Chet Blomquist.

New Trailhead Parking Lot at Hammonasset Draws Hundreds

We are thrilled to see so many walkers, bikers, wheelchair users, and joggers making use of our new trailhead parking lot at Hammonasset Beach State Park.   If you haven’t had a chance to see it for yourself, check out this slideshow.

SGT Trailhead parking lot at Hammonasset Beach State Park with a new bike rack installed by Eagle Scout candidate Tom O'Sullivan

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