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What's the Story with Shoreline Greenway Trail?

Shoreline Greenway Trail is ten years old! What do you know about its beginnings?


Back in May, the Shoreline Greenway Trail marked its 10th annual meeting. Shortly thereafter, I visited the students at Mrs. Tobin's fourth grade class at Murphy school, for whom a decade is ancient history. They – and I – wanted to know just how the Shoreline Greenway Trail got its start.

In the past two weeks, the Shoreline Greenway Trail has marked a couple of exciting milestones. On Sept. 30, the first annual Run the Gauntlet, sponsored by Trailblazer, was held at Hammonasset State Park to benefit the trail. On Oct. 4, the trailhead at D. C. Moore School in East Haven opened up with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. It seems that 2012 is a big year for the trail, and I'm excited to learn about how the project began – and what they have in store for the future.

Do you know about the beginnings of Shoreline Greenway Trail? Have you volunteered, or taken a walk (or bike ride) along the already finished sections? I'd love to hear your personal experiences!

Gus R. Horvath October 10, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I was a charter member of the committee. We originally suggested that the trail be mostly rural and travel through Madison through state forest lands. There were several Madison Land Trust trails that were to be incorporated. The concept was changed to make it a more urban like trail that would run through the center of the shoreline towns. We approached the officials at Hammonnasset State Park and received permission to incorporate their existing trail and this gave us a termination at Meigs' Point. The length of time it has taken to develop the trail far exceeded my attention span and I left the committee.
sue stacey October 11, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I love the trail & the concept! People just do not realize how much planning and voulnteering goes into this. Thanks to Barbara Brow and all of the hardworkers to continue this effort. I am a member but I need to do more then just send in my check, going to make that happen!
VCR October 11, 2012 at 01:42 PM
In Madison we just got word that we are getting a $168,250 grant from the federal Recreational Trail Program and a $25,000 grant from the Long Island License Plate Fund. In a couple of week we will start work on the 180-foot boardwalk that will cross the marsh beside the Hammonasset entrance road to access the 1/3 mile of trail that was finished in the spring. Later this fall we will complete the trail on the undeveloped peninsula of the park - about another 1/3 miles, and we will construct the short connector trail between these two segments on DOT property beside the Post Road. We were also the beneficiaries of the first annual Trailblazer Run the Gauntlet held at Hammonasset Park last week. It was a 5K obstacle race along the beach with more than 500 participants. Two Madison residents, Perry Rianhard, our trailmeister, and Dave Kelley built some of the obstacles including a 16-foot wide 5-foot tall wall the participants had to get over. More than 50 Shoreline Greenway Trail volunteers from Madison and other towns along the trail helped to make the event a huge success.
melinda tillie November 21, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Hi Alana, My name is Melinda Tillieand igrew up many many years ago in East Haven. Ithink your interest in this is fab.When i was there I remember that to get to the Shoreline Trolley you had to walk down a road that was near the Rotary at Saltonstall Pkwy and Main St. Was it Farm River Road?.Another part of town you might find fascinating is how North High St used to be. There wasnt anything there but dairy farms as far as you could see all the way over to the ridge..all cows. There was Howe's Farm and Knudsen's Farm. What a shame backin the 50's when they sold them and started to build houses! I also was in contact with Fawn Gillespie @hagaman Memorial Library. Keep your articles coming. When I can help you with what I know I will.

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