Branford team members Jack Wood, Peg Stamp, Dave Stamp, and Leo Cristofar are shown listening as Branford Co-Chair Chet Blomquist describes the Tabor section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail to the Board of Selectmen.

At their October 14th meeting, the Branford Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the proposal by Town Engineer Janice Plaziak to apply funds from a federal grant to the design and construction of what is known as Branford section B3 of the Shoreline Greenway Trail, which goes from Pine Orchard Road to Meadow Street.  The most important part of this section is on what is commonly called the Tabor property.  Shoreline Greenway Trail already has a temporary trail on this property that runs along Chet’s Pond and exits at Tabor Drive.  This scenic trail section will offer safe off road biking to families, pedestrian access for joggers and walkers, and handicapped access as well.  It will be a great addition to the recreational facilities of the Town of Branford, adding to the attraction of nearby Ecology Park, which was recently officially opened.  When finished, the trail will form an important link in Shoreline Greenway Trail’s goal to provide Branford residents an off road bicycle/pedestrian trail between the town center and railroad station and the Stony Creek section of town.
Our thanks to the Town Engineer and the Board of Selectmen for their support.

Shoreline Greenway Hikers Visit the New Ecology Park in Branford

B.FSW.100414Despite predictions of heavy rain, nearly 30 people showed up on Saturday morning, October 4th for the Shoreline Greenway Trail’s “First Saturday” hike in Branford.

Led by Leo Cristofar and Chet Blomquist, with the able assistance of Dave and Peg Stamp, the walkers set off from the Shoreline Kennel Drive off of Pine Orchard Road along the Greenway Trail.  We passed Chet’s Pond and viewed the osprey nest on top of the communications tower on the other side of the pond.   Awesome!

IMG_1752We then turned down the public works road to head for the old dump, long referred to as “Mount Trashmore” and newly dubbed Ecology Park. As the group started up the new road built by the town to the top of the hill, the rain started down in earnest. The group pressed on to the top to discover a lovely gazebo and fabulous views of Long Island Sound and of church spires and the roof of the Branford Library.

B.FSW.100414As the rain became heavier, we huddled in the gazebo along with other visitors to listen to brief messages from First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove and Solid Waste Management Commission Chairman Mario Ricozzi officially opening and dedicating the park. A short trail circles the top of the hill, with strategically placed benches. There are several handicapped parking spaces on top, with more parking at the base of the hill. Automobile access is through the old dump entrance on Tabor Drive.   A great new addition to Branford’s open space!


After a visit cut short by the rain, the walkers descended and entered the woods to walk along a section of the white-blazed Branford Trail and back to their cars. Despite the bad weather, fun was had by all and the walkers expressed enthusiasm about the Shoreline Greenway trails and the new park.

October 4th, 10 am: ‘First Saturday’ Walk in Branford

The Trail in BranfordOn October 4, our walk will highlight the new town path up to the top of the old landfill near the Tabor property. The views from the top are spectacular, overlooking Long Island Sound, Branford center, Branford River, and even East Haven. Meet at the end of the Shoreline Kennel drive off Pine Orchard Road, go west on SGT along Chet’s Pond, cross the Public Works road to begin the walk up the hill.  We will return to our starting place via the Branford Trail.  Walk begins at 10 am.   [Read more...]

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.