Welcome to our Spring Newsletter!
Now that the days are warmer as well as just longer, we at the NRVT are looking forward to a spring and early summer of exciting events, kicking off next week with a Norwalk Trails Evening:
Come and join us at Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 6-8 p.m. on Thursday April 23rd for an evening of mingling, learning, food & drink, and prizes (full details in the Norwalk section below).
The NRVT at N Water St, Norwalk
Please also mark your calendar for other forthcoming events up and down the Trail:
Saturday, May 9:
RIDGEFIELD - 9 a.m-12 p.m., community trail clean-up
REDDING - 9 a.m-1 p.m., NRVT table at Redding Garden Club Plant Sale
CT Trails Weekend & National Trails Day, Saturday/ Sunday, June 6-7:
RIDGEFIELD AND DANBURY - guided hike along an undeveloped section of the NRVT from Danbury to Ridgefield, ending at Great Pond.
NORWALK - various activities (hiking, trailblazing, clean-up) along undeveloped sections of the NRVT in the city.
Full details of each event are given in the corresponding town section below.
Of course, what we would really like to do this year is build more trail, and for that we rely on your generosity. We are grateful for all the donations we receive, whatever their size. Now you can even support us when you shop at Amazon!
Purchases made through AmazonSmile will yield a 0.05% donation to the NRVT when you select "Friends Of The Norwalk River Valley Trail Inc" as your charity when you first log in to the site ("AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.")
Blazing Trail - Norwalk: Trails Evening
Norwalk Trail Enthusiasts, You're Invited!
Join us for a fun evening of mingling with other trail supporters, and learn about the NRVT and the Harbor Loop Trail - what's done and what's to come.
Complimentary drinks / appetizers, and Cannondale bike door prize!
Thursday April 23, 6-8 p.m., Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Ave.
Questions? Call 203-682-3000
One subject that will feature prominently under "what's to come" in Norwalk is our "Missing Link" - the section of trail from Union Park to New Canaan Avenue. The City will budget $600,000 over two years to match the federal grant it won for the construction. "Everyone is for the project. It will get funded," said Councilman Bruce I. Kimmel. Great news!
The Missing Link (photo courtesy David Park)
Blazing Trail - Wilton: East Side, West Side
As spring grows in strength, we are anxious to enjoy the fruits of our labors last year, and also get working on new projects. Very soon now, 600 daffodils planted by Cycling Sports Group will bloom alongside the east-side Wilton Loop. They may be followed by forsythia and magnolia on the rough extension of the loop that our volunteers have blazed from Sharp Hill Road to Twin Oak Lane. This extension might, with your continued support and generosity, become our next section of improved trail.
Later this year, Tauck Tours will move to town. They are eager to get to know the trail that lies next to their new offices, and later this month will help with spring clean-up, and planting evergreens that will provide privacy to a trail abutter. Look out too for new kiosks and benches. We are lining up Eagle Scouts to begin construction.
On the west-side Wilton Loop, the town is working to use the grant awarded for the construction of a bridge between the NRVT (at Portofino) and the train station. The consulting team has been hired and is working on the design. If all goes well, the bridge could be built in the summer of 2016.
Following last fall's upgrade of the NRVT in Merwin Meadows and Lovers Lane open space (piggybacking on the Yankee Gas project), our hope this year is to build a 500-foot section of trail at the south end of Horseshoe Pond, effectively linking the east-side loop to Wilton Center.
Horseshoe Pond in Winter
Blazing Trail - Ridgefield and Danbury: CT Trails Weekend Hike
Join Ridgefield and Danbury NRVT volunteers as we spring-clean and then hike the proposed route of the Trail between the towns:
Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m-12 p.m. - trail clean-up south of Laurel Lane, Ridgefield. Call Ridgefield Conservation Commission at 203-431-2734 or 203-544-9820 x11 for more information, including parking arrangements.
Sunday, June 7, 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. - join Kathy Miville, Dave Cronin, and Greg Waters as they discuss local land use history, plants and animals of interest at this time of year, and future plans for the NRVT. This is a 3.5-mile CT Trails Day Weekend walk along a proposed section of NRVT. Beginning in Danbury, just off Starrs Plain Road, the hike follows an old dirt road into Ridgefield where it picks up the paved portion of Laurel Lane, and then continues along recently improved trail through the Laurel Lane open space. We will finish at the Martin Park parking area beside Great Pond. Hikers will be shuttled back to the starting point.
Please wear sturdy footwear and bring water. To register, and for parking and other information, call (203) 544-9829 x11. The hike is co-sponsored by the NRVT, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Ridgefield Conservation Commission.
Blazing Trail - Redding: Implementation Underway!
Thanks to a wonderful response to our year-end fundraising campaign, Redding is now underway! NRVT volunteers slogged through slushy snow to hang surveyor's tape along a rough route between Fire Hill and Picketts Ridge roads. Josh Ryan, principal at Timber & Stone LLC, the Vermont trail designer that has built sections of NRVT in Wilton, has since refined that line into a very promising route. We thank everyone for their support and the donations we are still receiving.
Line of new trail marked out in Redding
Finally, look for our table at the Redding Garden Club annual Plant Sale - Saturday, May 9th, 9 a.m-1 p.m. at the Lonetown Farm Museum, 43 Lonetown Road, next to the Redding Elementary School.