Newsletter Fall 2017

Norwalk River Valley Trail

Five Towns – One Vision

The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) proposes to build a 38 mile pedestrian and bike trail connecting Norwalk to Danbury via Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding.
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Trail Log: 5 Town News
Just as we predicted this time last year, the NRVT has made tremendous strides and built an impressive momentum in 2017. All that has been accomplished is due to our wonderful volunteers, donors and Town partners.
This regional effort is being implemented by way of several individual projects under one big vision. In Wilton, another beautiful boardwalk was completed on the Wilton Loop, connecting to an new trailhead on Twin Oak Lane. And this fall the extension to Skunk Lane will be built. The city of Norwalk is overseeing the Pine Island Cemetery section, which will be completed by November and the Missing Link is cleared for construction in 2018. Connecting the Wilton and Norwalk pieces is the WilWalk section. After a year of critical design work, construction is poised to begin. In Ridgefield, the first two miles, the Ridgefield Ramble, will have its trail Plan developed this fall. The Redding Mile is shovel ready, with fundraising underway to get construction started in 2018.
Lastly, we launched a new web site to get “more feet on the trail” and to help keep you all up to date on trial happenings, progress, and needs,
Thanks again for all your help – we couldn’t do it without you. See you on the trail.
Patricia Sesto, President, Friends of the NRVT

Blazing the Trail in Norwalk
On the Trail: Outdoor enthusiasts await construction of NRVT’s ‘Missing Link’
Getting there isn’t easy. At the back of a parking lot off Cross Street, behind a dumpster and beyond the trees, a chain link fence stretches across a concrete culvert. It’s clear many visitors have been here – shimmying across the ledge… click here to read more.



Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and Historical Commission to advance latest section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail

Under the leadership of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and the Historical Commission, the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) will soon have an important addition to the Trail in Norwalk. The additional trail…click here to read more.


Blazing the Trail in Wilton
Stay at Home in Wilton hosts first bird walk for seniors: Around this time of year, about 1,000 people visit the Norwalk River Valley Trail. The 38 miles of trail connecting Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to Danbury is 10 feet wide and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, making it a popular resource for a large range of people, said NRVT Executive Director Charlie Taney. “We get an incredibly wide spectrum of people…click here to read more.



NRVT awaits results of trail usage study: Visitors of the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT)’s Wilton Loop may have noticed a grey box mounted on a tree near the Autumn Ridge Drive parking lot. That box is actually an infrared device installed in late December to count trail visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as part of the…click here to read more.



Norwalk River Valley Trail’s Wilton Loop set to expand: The section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) known as the Wilton Loop will get a little bit longer this fall. With…click here to read more.

WilWalk: Connecting Wilton and Norwalk:

WilWalk is a 2-mile section of the NRVT Trail that will connect the Wilton and Norwalk segments of the trail. Presently in the design and planning stages, construction is planned for 2018. Funded by a $1.2 million CT DEEP grant, NRVT is committed to raise the required match of $275,000. It’s hoped that corporations along the route will appreciate its value to their employees and support our efforts.

Click here to watch a video about WilWalk.

Blazing the Trail in Ridgefield


Cleanup held in Ridgefield ahead of Norwalk River Valley Trail work: Standing at the start of a small hiking trail near the Ridgefield-Redding town line, Danielle Bottinger and her 8-year-old daughter explained how just an hour before a clearing in the bushes was filled with invasive plants. “We cleared out that whole space and made…click here to read more.


Blazing the Trail in Redding
Redding Trail continues to be Developed: Redding implementers recently re-blazed the proposed route from Fire Hill to Pickett’s Ridge Rd and are gearing up for another round of fund raising. While CT Recreational Trail Grant funding is on hold, the hiatus has been used to improve grant scoring, which keeps implementers optimistic. Join Redding residents for a hike of finished trail in Wilton on Saturday, October 28th meeting at 9:30 AM at the Autumn Ridge parking lot, just off of Sharp Hill Rd.

Blazing the Trail: Connecting 5 Towns
On the Trail: In building and fundraising, work never stops on the NRVT: For some, it’s hard to picture an uninterrupted trail connecting Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to Danbury. That’s 37 miles of trail – of which less than one-third is completed, mostly in Norwalk and Wilton. But Norwalk River Valley Trail Executive Director Charlie Taney has a vision. “It might take 10 to 15 years,” he said. “But it’s going to be wonderful once it’s done.” Funding for the trail comes from a variety…click here to read more.


Big Day of Birding on the Norwalk River Valley Trail: On September 16th, seventeen birdwatchers set out to identify the maximum number of bird species in a single day along the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT). In the world of birdwatching, this is called a Big Day. The birders split into six groups and…click here to read more.


NRVT to take hikers and bikers through historic Pine Island Cemetery: Users of the ever-growing Norwalk River Valley Trail will have a safer route through the Mathews Park area thanks to a rerouting project set to begin shortly. The trail now goes through Devon’s Playground and presents a risk of bicycles and children colliding. The new route will run from Crescent Street through…