Call for Volunteers in Branford

Would you like to have safe off-road biking and walking in Branford? Are you eager to see more trail being built? Come work on the Branford team of the Shoreline Greenway Trail, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to building a 25-mile continuous path for bicyclists, walkers and hikers on the Connecticut Shoreline from Lighthouse Point in New Haven through East Haven, Branford, and Guilford to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.

The Branford team is strong, but we find that we need volunteers to help us with some specific activities. If you have interest and skills in one of the following areas, please contact Judy Miller, SGT Chair, at j.miller@snet.net 203-589-8335.

Project Manager

  • Coordinate with Town Chair and Town Team to oversee development of a trail section from beginning to end.
  • Make a list of necessary land approvals and permits, and initiate and follow through on the process.
  • Maintain a record of activities.
  • Ascertain necessary funding and work with the team to provide it.

Local Publicity Leader

  • Distribute First Saturday walk cards and any other printed announcements.
  • Maintain notices on and check condition of trail head kiosks.
  • Organize events with the help of the entire team.

Fundraising Leader

  • Generate and implement ideas for fundraising to build trail with the cooperation of the entire team.

Bicycle Coordinator

  • Work with other town groups to form a bicycle collaborative that will work to make Branford a more bicycle friendly town!
  • Represent Shoreline Greenway Trail on the Bike Safety Rodeo with representatives of other town groups such as the Branford Recreation Department.

CANCELLED!! February 6 ‘First Saturday’ walk in West Woods, Guilford due to Trail conditions with snow and ice

IMG_0076WE regret we must cancel our February 6 walk due to trail conditions in West Woods… Please check our website for the next First Saturday walk on March 5, and join us then!.  Join us for our February ‘First Saturday’ Walk on February 6 at 10:00AM for a brisk hike through a section of Westwoods Trail in Guilford.  Park at the Sam Hill Road ​Trail Head (off Rt. 146).  Kristen D’Souza will lead us along the white circle trail and then onto the orange circle to a lovely vantage point at Lost Lake Overlook.  We will return along the white circle trail back to the Sam Hill Trail Head.  The hike will be approximately 90 minutes long ( and about 5.250 steps for the fitness tracker bunch!).  We may modify the route based on temperature and hiking conditions. Bring hiking poles.

For questions, please call Kristen at 203-623-0781.  In case of inclement weather that day, check our website for a cancellation notice between 8-9AM that morning.

 

Guilford Veterinarian led a Dog Walk on our Trail in November

By Estelle Anderson, Grade 6, NY, NY

It was the perfect day on Saturday, November 21st for a walk on the Shoreline Greenway Trail at Hammonasset Beach.  The air was cool and crisp, the tall trees swayed back and the forth, and the ocean was as calm as ever.  But this was not just any walk.  Our tour was led by the wonderful Dr. Chelsea Anderson, a veterinarian at the Guilford Veterinary Hospital, and my own cousin!

Maggie, a  black lab, Jessie, a yellow lab, Georgia, a Chihuahua, and Bella, Chelsea’s labradoodle, joined us on our 2-mile walk to the end of Trail’s peninsula and back. Dr. Anderson talked with the other dog owners as they moved along at a fast pace, the dogs leading the way. This was good, because she told me that dogs need to exercise daily!

A few kids walking the trail with their parents were delighted to meet our dogs, and of course the dogs were happy with all the attention. And we met a Shoreline Greenway Trail volunteer who was working on the short bridge along the unfinished section of the trail..  It will be the exit for the Trail onto a nearby road.

What a great morning in the country before I went back to New York where I live….with my two pet cats!(editor’s note:  we have some wonderful photos from this dog walk but at this time are unable to upload them.  We will try to post them on our website later)

Working with the Local Community

As we close out 2015, crews from Shoreline Greenway Trail joined crews from the Tabor Church to clear the Tabor Trail on two beautiful Saturdays mornings.  A lot got accomplished and the trail is now usable with wonderful views of Chet’s pond.  Our thanks go to everyone who participated from the Tabor Church namely Ken Bjork, Christian Bjork, Mark Otterson, Karen Otterson and Dave Howley and to those who participated from the Shoreline Greenway Trail namely Chet Blomquist, Philip Mongillo, Jack and Joshua Wood and Steve and Jo Zaehringer.

We have some wonderful pictures but due to some technical difficulty, they can’t be posted at this time, sorry!

Thanks again to all who participated and Happy New Year!