Let’s close the gaps on the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway

Aug 18th, 2013 | By

You can buy a T-shirt in London that says “Mind The Gap,” the popular message of caution to London Underground riders. In Connecticut we need to produce a T-shirt that says “Close the Gap,” a message of hope to Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway bicycle riders. The greenway is an 84-mile multi-use trail that runs from

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Canal Trail in New Haven Will Now Link To The Sound

Aug 4th, 2013 | By
The jungle at Orange and Grove will become the plaza where the underground portion of the trail rises to the street. (photo: Allan Appel)

Get ready to finish that stroll or bike along the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway Trail rather than having to stop at the gated tunnels below Whitney Avenue.

Bikers hit trails hoping to raise awareness for Farmington Canal

Jul 15th, 2013 | By

Bicyclists hit the trails on a recent Saturday morning, hoping to raise awareness about the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. The ride covered fifty-six miles of trail and was organized by DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty.

New trail complete from Long Island Sound to Massachusetts New Hampshire border

Jun 2nd, 2013 | By

Hikers and environmentalists are celebrating the completion of a 220-mile route known as the New England National Scenic Trail that can be followed from Long Island Sound to the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Yantic River Greenway christened

Jun 2nd, 2013 | By

Local conservationists joined with state leaders on Friday to welcome the addition of the Yantic River Greenway to a network of nearly 70 trails that criss-cross Connecticut. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Yantic Greenway wins state designation

May 16th, 2013 | By

More than 14 miles along the banks of the Yantic River from Lebanon to Bozrah to Franklin to Norwich will officially be designated as the state’s newest greenway at ceremonies later this month. “This helps put the resource on the map,” James Vincent, vice president of the Norwich Community Development Corp., said Wednesday, after learning

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Reconnecting Old Lyme To The Connecticut River

May 9th, 2013 | By

Old Lyme resident Joe Camean vividly remembers the first time he saw the view from Shore Road. It was July 5, 1976. And ever since that day, he’s gradually seen more and more of the stunning vistas of the Connecticut River disappear from view as Amtrak put up more fences. … On May 6, he

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Read the Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance Newsletter

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

Will you join us in supporting the Trail as a recreational and public health amenity, an alternative way to experience and appreciate the Merritt Parkway, a critical link in the East Coast Greenway and a non-motorized transportation alternative for communities? Click on this Environmental Headline for more from MPTA.

Shelton recreation path earns statewide conservation award

Mar 11th, 2013 | By

The Shelton Conservation Commission and the Shelton Trails Committee will receive the 2013 Excellence in Conservation Award from the Connecticut Land Conservation Council CLCC.

Darien Joins 2,900-Mile East Coast Greenway

Mar 1st, 2013 | By

Darien will become a stop on a 2,900-mile trail from Maine to Florida as part of the East Coast Greenway.

Portland Officials Hold Hope For Converting A Portion Of Air Line Railroad Into Hiking Trail

Feb 15th, 2013 | By

… There has been a lot of “behind-the-scenes” planning over the past few years, including an application for a grant to improve a 2.7-mile section of the line from Depot Hill Road on the Portland/East Hampton border west to an area close to where the line once crossed Route 17. Although the town didn’t receive

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The First Step To Rebuilding Niantic’s Boardwalk

Dec 8th, 2012 | By

The Town of East Lyme wants to work with Amtrak to rebuild the boardwalk which was tattered and torn by Irene and all but destroyed by Sandy. Congressman Joe Courtney pledges to help broker that deal. Tropical Storm Irene dealt the first blow, washing away enough portions of the pathway to render it unusable this

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Manchester Cuts Ribbon on Latest Section of East Coast Greenway

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

The two-mile addition expands the walking/biking/running trail from Gardner Street to Porter Street.

Governor’s Greenways Council Presents 13th Annual Greenways Awards

Jun 3rd, 2012 | By

The Governor’s Greenways Council has commended six individuals that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways – linear open space in Connecticut – and designated five new greenways at a ceremony at the Firehouse on the Steele Brook Greenway in Watertown.

“Connecticut’s countryside is made up of thousands of miles of recreational trails and river corridors,” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

East Coast Greenway Clears Gritty Hurdle

Jun 1st, 2012 | By

The New Jersey trail is the latest step forward for the greenway—which at more than 7,000 acres is one of the largest public spaces being developed in the country, according to the East Coast Greenway Alliance. The Wall Street Journal reports on a newly completed section of the East Coast Greenway in New Jersey.

DEEP and Greenways Council Accepting Nominations

Feb 12th, 2012 | By

The DEEP and the Connecticut Greenways Council have announced that they are now soliciting nominations for official state greenway designations. Greenways are an integral part of any community, offering recreational opportunities, providing alternate transportation options, helping to preserve the environment, and supporting economic development.

Behold: New Haven’s ‘Low Line’

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

Cheshire from downtown New Haven, they’ll stop in a tunnel under Whitney Avenue—and connect with history. The New Haven Independent reports on New Haven’s stretch of the Farmington Canal Greenway.

Completion of rail trails a test for Malloy and the ‘new DOT’

Aug 19th, 2011 | By

At the opening of a new 1.8-mile stretch of bicycle trail in Canton, longtime rails-to-trails advocate R. Bruce Donald welcomed the presence of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his acting transportation commissioner, James P. Redeker, as a milestone in a long struggle.

Greenway trail to run the length of the Housatonic River from the Long Island Sound

Jul 8th, 2011 | By

One hiking trail — the Ives Trail — will arc from Devil’s Den on the Redding-Weston border north into Danbury, then west into Ridgefield.

Nature: Valley Railroad Cries Out For Rails-To-Trails Project

Jan 14th, 2011 | By

Although the tracks remain in place from Haddam to Middletown, they haven’t been used in more than 40 years. So why not create a rails-to-trails project along the abandoned line? The right-of-way is owned by the state Department of Environmental Protection, which leases a 23-mile portion of the rails to the Essex Steam Train. via

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