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.

August 2 ‘First Saturday’ Walk in Branford

Farm River estuary view from promontaryJoin us on Saturday, August 2 at 10 am for a hike beginning at the Hearth at Gardenside in Branford.  SGT team members will lead a hike through woods and alongside marshes that end in a small promontory with a beautiful view of the Farm River Estuary and the Shoreline Trolley museum trolley track.  A relatively short one-hour hike over terrain not suitable for strollers.  Meet and park along Katie Jo Lane opposite the entrance to the Hearth at Gardenside. 

Directions:  I 95 Exit 54 (Cedar Street), head toward Route 1; right at the light, continue past Branhaven Plaza on your left; Alps Road is your next left at the light.  Hearth at Gardenside c. one mile on right.

Questions:  Judy 203-589-8335.

Getting Branford Children Outdoors

During the final weeks of school, several groups of fifth grade students at Branford’s Francis Walsh Middle School had a chance to get out of the classroom, get some exercise, and learn about sights along the Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT).Led by SGT volunteers and accompanied by their teachers, Dawn Corcoran and Robin Axtell, as well as several parents, groups of students walked along the section of trail paralleling Birch Road and part of the proposed section on the Tabor Property, west of Pine Orchard Road. [Read more...]

A beautiful day for a trolley ride

On June 7, the Branford and East Haven Shoreline Greenway Trail teams partnered with the  Shore Line Trolley Museum for a wonderful celebration of Connecticut Trails Day.  Over 100 people enjoyed a free ride on restored trolley cars followed by a walk along the cleared proposed Shoreline Greenway Trail section to the former Farm River bridge crossing.  SGT leaders shared plans for a bridge linking East Haven to Branford .   The friendly Trolley conductors provided riders with a history of the area and the Trolley.  On the return trip to the Trolley Museum, walkers passed the remains of a former stone-crushing plant and learned about its history.  Thanks to Leo Cristofar, who led the group from the first Trolley car on the hike and to Peg Stamp, who led the second Trolley car group.   Thanks also to Jo Zaehringer, Chet Blomquist, Barbara Brow, Mike Gambardella, and Peggy Thomas for setting up tables, signing in attendees, assisting on the walks and doing everything necessary to make the day a big success~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

On June 14, the Shoreline Greenway Trail will have a table at the Branford Festival on the Branford Green.  Come visit us – we enjoy sharing the good news of our progress!