Trail Updates – Norwalk

“Missing Link” plans to be presented September 19, 2017

“The Missing Link”, a 1 ½ mi. segment will join the two completed sections of the NRVT, connecting Union Park to New Canaan Ave.   Once completed, it will provide over 3 miles of continuous trail joining South Norwalk, Waypointe, Norwalk Center and beyond toward Merritt 7.

What’s next: Plans will be presented September 19, 7 PM room 101 at Town Hall. It is anticipated that construction will begin in 2018.

Pine Island Cemetery bids are in; Construction to begin soon

The Norwalk Historical Society has agreed to accommodate a routing of the NRVT through historic Pine Island Cemetery.  This will eliminate the current on-road segment along Crescent St and the winding trail through the middle of Devon’s Place Playground.  The new route will direct bike and foot traffic coming from the Maritime Aquarium to cross Crescent Street and go through the cemetery to connect to with the existing NRVT trail in Mathews Park.

What’s next: The Pine Island Cemetery, a designated State Historic Landmark, was established in 1708 and is the second oldest cemetery in Norwalk. Construction on this small but important segment will begin in the fall of 2017.

Walk options: From the Maritime Aquarium, there is an option to take either a 1 mi. loop through Oyster Shell Park or to proceed directly under I-95.  The new segment will go through the Pine Island Cemetery and up to Mathews Park, passing the Lockwood Mathews Mansion and Stepping Stones Museum.   The trail then crosses West Ave (with a demand light to stop traffic) and proceeds behind the Norwalk Y and on to Union Park…a mile and one-half route on a traffic-free firm surface path.