Geocaching comes to the Trail

Here are the coordinates for your search

Here are the coordinates for your search

Geocaching is spreading across the country, and we are excited to report we now have two caches hidden along the Hammonasset Park section of the Trail.   Eight-year old Seth Gyllensten hid his cache there recently and he must be pretty good at hiding because so far geo-caching enthusiasts, who use GPS to locate caches, have been having a tough time finding it.   There is a little something in Seth’s cache from the Shoreline Greenway Trail for the first ten people who do.

Here is Seth looking very mysterious after he hid his cache.

Here is Seth looking very mysterious after he hid his cache.

To get started, go to geocaching.com and search for “Shoreline Greenway-Which Way?”  Instructions on how to sign up for a free account, locate, log and hide caches are on the site.

SGT welcomes others to hide caches on the Trail.

Happy hunting!

Next First Saturday Walk – February 1 in Madison

Come join us for a beautiful and informative walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday February 1, 2014.

Hammo ski tracks 4Shoreline Greenway’s Madison Chair, Ginny Raff, will lead us along the planned trail path from our new parking lot to the walkway across the marsh.  We will continue along the completed trail section around the peninsula offering spectacular marsh views and bird watching.  The trail section that is not yet built is level and easy walking, and the finished trail is easy with a few minor hills. The walk is about 2 miles roundtrip and will last about 1 hour.

Meet: 10 a.m. at our new SGT eastern trailhead parking lot off Route 1 just east of the Hammonasset entrance road.

Directions: I95, Exit 62. Go south to Route 1; make a left onto Route 1 and a right into Hammonasset Beach State Park service road and the SGT parking lot.

Questions: contact Ginny at Madison@shorelinegreenwaytrail.org

SGT thanks our donors

Eagle Scout Eric Marsh has completed the installation of our donor acknowledgement sign beside the rest area he built for trail users in Hammonassett Park. In the photos he is putting the finishing touches on the framework and standing beside his finished product.

photoThe sign lists all the funding sources for this section of the trail so far. We are deeply grateful to all.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is first on the list because it starts with A, but also gave the first very large grant designated specifically for the Hammonasset section.  That grant got the project off to a strong start.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has helped with funding through the Long Island Sound License Plate Fund and the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration. The DEEP staff has also been tremendously helpful in working through the permitting process.

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven challenged us to raise funds to qualify for their grant and that spurred us to get others to give and have their gifts matched.

IMG_3685The Dorr Foundation made their grant in honor of long-time Madison resident Shirley Punzelt on her retirement from their board of directors.

The Madison Garden Club, the Madison Newcomers Club, and the Madison Jaycees, all civic groups, gave as part of their community support programs.

And finally hundreds of individuals gave to this section, and we hope they are out enjoying the trail frequently.

 

There is a new section of trail completed in Hammonasset Park around the peninsula that has been partially completed for many months. It is beautiful!

Peninsula trail Hammonasset

 

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