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SGT Hikes the Tabor Trail for First Saturday Walk of 2013 [Master Plan]

Want to know more about the Tabor property? Join the Shoreline Greenway Trail on their first walk of winter, 2013.

Shoreline Greenway Trail leaders along with Branford Selectman Andrew Campbell will be walking the Tabor Trail this Saturday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. "Explore wonderful recreational possibilities of Branford’s Tabor property," the SGT's website states.  

"The walk will start at Tilcon Drive and walk east through the lovely woods skirting Chet's Pond," the website states. The pond is named for avid Branford trail enthusiast, Chet Blomquist who has worked tirelessly on the Branford River Gateway Project located near the Tabor property.

Interested walkers can park at Tabor Lutheran Church. Walkers are recommended to wear sturdy shoes and leashed dogs are welcome. 

Shortly before the Greenway Trail crosses Pine Orchard Road, the website states, walkers will join the Branford Trail, looping around west, walking to the top of the closed landfill for views of Long Island Sound, Branford River, and the town. 

The Tabor property has been a recent topic of discussion as the town plans on placing Branford Public Works on about 10 acres of the 77-acre parcel. Attached is the town's "Master Plan" for the area, which also includes recreation.

You can read more about the plans to place PWD on the Tabor Property here as well as more about a group rallying against the placement here. 

For more information, contact Judy Miller, SGT's Branford Team chair, at 203-481-3870 or email branford@shorelinegreenwaytrail.  Check www.shorelinegreenwaytrail.org for snow or rain info. 

Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead January 04, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Why does the SGT need Andy Campbell too explain "the wonderful recreational possibilities of Branford’s Tabor property?" This is just a public relations snow job by our second Selectman! Will he mention the 10 acre PW facility accompanied by a 35,000 sq. ft building in the midst of the propoased playing fields? Will he mention the traffic that will be generated throughout both the "Park" itself and the surrounding residential neighborhoods by PW vehicles and equipment? How about those piles of sand and salt? I hope he remembers diesel fuel storage tanks? These things should really enhance the experience of a nice, quiet, peaceful walk through Tabor. The SGT needs to ask Andy Campbell just one question. "Why can't we have the walking trails WITHOUT the PW garage at Tabor?" I'll bet you don't get an answer to that one!
Franklin C Brown January 04, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Just more traffic on roads not designed for it. These selectmen just ignore the democratic process completely. We (the neighborhood) don't want it. What are they getting out of this that they are pushing despite public opinion?
Lori Fogler Nicholson January 04, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I had sincerely hoped that this property would be left in its natural state with hiking and biking trails and perhaps a picnic area. The geese will enjoy the ball fields which will be covered in excrement in no time at all. I prefer open space not engineered space. What about the local wildlife in town as well as a safe place to ride a bike with children? Why not a nature center with educational field trips? The garage is more suited to commercial property which has already been developed. If we're not careful Branford will turn into the next Milford with developement left, right and center with correlating traffic conditions. I hope we can keep our quaint and rustic feel here and stop manicuring every square inch of town we can find. The garage is more suited to commercial property off US 1. I respectfully disagree with the decision to pursue this matter at Tabor.
Sandra Canosa January 04, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Shoreline Greenway Trail members should be ashamed of themselves for prostituting themselves to Unc and Mr. Campbell's ill-conceived PW Garage plan at Tabor. Nice try. There is nothing GREEN about diesel tanks, asphalt, emission-spewing trucks, and mounds of salt and sand right on a wetlands. All opposed, please come Saturday, January 5th before 10:00 AM to the Tabor Church parking lot. Bring your STOP TABOR signs. Bring your questions. Demand answers. Make 'em squirm!
Sandra Canosa January 04, 2013 at 03:40 PM
CORRECTION: ""The walk will start at Tilcon Drive and walk east through the lovely woods skirting Chet's Pond," IS INCORRECT. If you go to Tilcon, you will miss the event. The walk will start at Tabor Drive. Go to Tabor Lutheran Church.
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead January 04, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Tilcon Drive?? You've got to be kidding? The irony of it all. Tilcon makes asphalt pavement and paves roads! I wonder if its coincidental or willl Tilcon be paving the roads (I think Andy Campbell perfer they be called "trails") in Tabor Park? You can't make this stuff up!
Ray Ingraham January 04, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Sign Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-public-works-at-tabor-property/
Sandra Canosa January 04, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Considering that part of the Shoreline GREENway trail is already blazed in so-not-natural gravel, I am sure Tilcon has quite a bit to do with it. And it might also be a bit of mis-direction. Maybe we need to post someone on Tilcon Dr. to ensure no protestor is left behind!
Frederick Russo January 05, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I was one of the nameless residents who walked the Tabor Trail along with others SGT members. I was surprised to hear Mr. Chet Bloomquist speak in favor of the PW garage being located in Tabor. I thought he was a conservationist? He voiced his personal political opinions as the leader of SGT which I believe is wrong. It seemed like he was taking a political stand and endorsing the Town's position. All I can say is that I did not sign up for the walk to hear about Mr. Bloomquist's personal opinions. His job is to remain neutral about politics and pay attention to being our tour guide. I am so glad that some gentleman spoke up and reminded him that what he had to say were his personal comments and should not be part of his trail walk presentation. I am very disappointed with Mr. Bloomquist for taking sides in an issue that should be discussed in a different forum.
megmcg January 06, 2013 at 09:30 PM
It was a very nice walk, a big crowd and the view from the top of the landfill was very nice. The condition of most of the parcel is pretty ratty when you compare it to Supply Pond, Youngs Pond, the Quarry, Westwoods, Pleasant Point, the Marsh Walk in the Creek and other wooded sites. The pond is very pretty and the bit of woods on the way from the pond to the landfill hill was the nicest part of the parcel. What I do not understand about this idea to put the garage here is the engineering and traffic costs that will be through the roof. Sure, I heard it said the roads to Tabor need to be fixed anyway but let's see what those costs are going to be.

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