Trail Updates – Norwalk

Construction of the “Missing Link” going out to bid; completion anticipated by summer 2020.

“The Missing Link”, a 1 ½ mi. segment, will join the two completed sections of the NRVT in Norwalk.   This beautiful wooded section of trail will run alongside the Norwalk River and connect Union Park to New Canaan Ave.   Once completed, it will provide over 3 miles of continuous off-road trail and connect to the on-road section of trail at the Maritime Aquarium.

What’s next: The Norwalk DPW will solicit bids and select a contractor for the “Missing Link” this fall. Construction will begin in the late fall/early spring with completion expected by summer 2020.

 

The NRVT connects to Calf Pasture Beach Park.

In the summer of 2019 on-road routing of the NRVT between Calf Pasture Beach and the Maritime Aquarium was completed – it’s 2 miles each way.  While the NRVT vision and most of the trail is off-road, this section travels on-road via designated bike lanes or marked by “sharrows” (share the road symbols). From the Maritime Aquarium, bike lanes begin at the Stroffolino draw bridge – follow the NRVT signs. From Calf Pasture Beach, head out the main gate and follow the bike lanes and NRVT signs.

A paved trail head with bike stands, benches and maps was completed this summer at Calf Pasture Beach.  Rest rooms and cafes are near-by.  The trail head is at the center of the park near the flagpole.

What’s next:  The Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a comprehensive study to optimize all Norwalk’s parks.  New bike lanes within Calf Pasture will enhance biking in the park and connect directly to the new NRVT trail head – coming in 2020.