April in Branford

Even though it doesn’t feel like Spring has sprung, the Shoreline Greenway Trail in Branford is busy getting ready for the weather change.  Very soon we will be starting the outside work on our trails!  A schedule is being developed and will be published for “trail maintenance” days.  Anyone who has already indicated their interest in trail maintenance will be contacted.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Judy Miller at 203-589-8335.

We also have a few events scheduled for April:

On Saturday, April 5 Branford will hold its annual litter pick-up day. As is his tradition, Shoreline Greenway’s Chet Blomquist will lead a group of volunteers to clean up the Branford River area from Montowese St. to Indian Neck Ave. Anyone interested, please meet on the Branford Green at 9 a.m. Litter bags, water and snacks are provided. Rain Date – Saturday, April 12. Any questions, please call Judy Miller at 203-589-8335.

On Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, Shoreline Greenway Trail will have a table set up at Zane’ Big Wheel event on Rte. 1 in Branford (exit 55 off 95 across from Walgreen’s). We will be there from about noon to 3 p.m. so while you are looking at all the wonderful bikes that Zane’s has, please stop by our table and learn more about the SGT , the progress we are making and opportunities for helping us get to our goal – 25 miles of multi-access-friendly trail from Lighthouse Point to Hammonasset.

On Sunday, April 27 Shoreline Greenway Trail is co-sponsoring a Bicycle Rodeo for children ages 4 – 10 along with Branford Recreation Center; Branford Early Childhood Collaborative; Branford Police and Fire departments and  Zane’s Cycles.  It will be held at the Branford Community Center – Church St from noon – 2p.m.  There will be fun  activities for all, including bicycle riding safety instructions,  music and entertainment, raffles and giveaways.  All the details about the Rodeo will be posted on the Branford Recreation Department website – so stay tuned!

 

Successful Town Meeting in Branford

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

 

Upcoming Events in Branford

On Saturday, April 5 Branford will hold its annual litter pick-up day. As is his tradition, Shoreline Greenway’s Chet Blomquist will lead a group of volunteers to clean up the Branford River area from Montowese St. to Indian Neck Ave. Anyone interested, please meet on the Branford Green at 9 a.m. Litter bags, water and snacks are provided. Rain Date – Saturday, April 12. Any questions, please call Judy Miller at 203-589-8335.

On Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, Shoreline Greenway Trail will have a table set up at Zane’ Big Wheel event on Rte. 1 in Branford (exit 55 off 95 across from Walgreen’s). We will be there from about noon to 3 p.m. so while you are looking at all the wonderful bikes that Zane’s has, please stop by our table and learn more about the SGT , the progress we are making and opportunities for helping us get to our goal – 25 miles of multi-access-friendly trail from Lighthouse Point to Hammonasset.

On Sunday, April 27 , the Branford Shoreline Greenway Trail is excited to be a sponsor of a Bicycle Rodeo.  It will be held from 12 to 2 at the Branford Community House Parking Lot.  This event is also sponsored by the Branford Early Childhood Coalition and the Branford Parks and Recreation Commission.  The police, fire department and Zane’s Cycles will also play a role in teaching our children about bicycle safety while having fun at the rodeo!

Saturday, June 7 is Connecticut Trails Day.  In celebration, the Branford Shoreline Greenway Trail will once again coordinate with East Haven Shoreline Greenway Trail and the Shoreline Trolley museum for a great, fun time including a trolley ride and a hike to the old bridge crossing on the Farm River.  Festivities begin as 10 a.m..

Mark you calendars!

Rescheduled Shoreline Greenway Trail Event in Branford

We had to cancel the 2/15 event due to inclement, snowy weather.   We are happy to announce the Branford “Town Meeting” has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 2, from 2 to  4 o’clock, at the Blackstone Public Library Auditorium.  At this meeting, the Branford Team of the Shoreline Greenway Trail will host an informative, participatory discussion of the present and future workings of the Greenway Trail here in Branford   We will show a power point presentation on the progress of  Trail development in Branford and demonstrate how we are working with Branford town to better our community.  After the presentation, we will open the meeting to audience questions and discussion about what happens next.

Walking single file on main Tabor Road heading west.

Walking single file on main Tabor Road heading west.

What do you want from a greenway trail?
Do you have comments on our proposed route through Branford?
What role do you see you and your organization playing as the trail develops?

You are someone who has spent time and/or money on the Shoreline Greenway Trail.  Come to this meeting and find out where we are now and be a part of where we go next!  We definitely welcome your input!
Light refreshments will be served.