Connecticut Greenway

 The Connecticut Greenway has been—and continues to be—extremely active, as you can see by scrolling down to see our Updates and Accomplishments in the Nutmeg State.

Updates

  • Construction continues on the greenway from the Housatonic River and downtown Derby through O'Sullivan's Island, then up the Naugatuck River to the Ansonia border. Ansonia has designed plans for a public trail along the Naugatuck's western shore floodwall from the Derby/Ansonia line to downtown Ansonia. The owner of the Stop & Shop Plaza will allow trail parking on its property and will provide wheelchair access to the top of the floodwall.
  • HVA is also working on the US EPA Brownfields' Pilot Project evaluating sites on the proposed greenway route along the Naugatuck River and encouraging potential site purchasers to incorporate greenway and riverfront buffers into redevelopment proposals.
  • HVA is working with the Connecticut Department of Transportation to dedicate greenway rights-of-way within the Route 8 corridor between the Seymour/Ansonia border and Waterbury.
  • HVA is also working with the Shelton Economic Development Corporation and the Shelton Trails Association to extend the greenway from downtown Shelton to Indian Well State Park.

Accomplishments

DERBY: Based on HVA's plans, Derby received a grant from the federal Transportation Enhancement Act for the Twenty-first Century (TEA 21) for a $1.2 million Naugatuck River Greenway project, which will include a pedestrian and bicycle pathway along the floodwall from Division Street and East Derby to downtown Derby and a new recreation area on O'Sullivan's Island.

FALLS VILLAGE: In 1995, CL&P and the town of Falls Village collaborated on the construction of the one-mile Falls Village Historic Trail, which brings visitors to the site where the Ames Iron Works forged cannons during the Civil War, and to the railroad line that was used to ship the cannons to the battlefield.

KENT: The Kent Land Trust purchased 12 acres of riverfront land in South Kent in January 1997, adding to their protected farmland acreage along the river's eastern shore. The land trust opened a riverwalk and picnic area on this site in May 1999

NEW MILFORD: HVA, the Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P), and the Town of New Milford opened a five-mile Housatonic Riverwalk on River Road.

OXFORD: A 1.5-mile hiking trail joins the extensive riverfront trail network linking town-owned Jackson Cove Recreation Area to Kettletown State Park protecting five miles along the eastern shoreline in Oxford and Southbury.

SEYMOUR: HVA, the Seymour Conservation Commission, Eagle Scout Bruce Richard and Boy Scout Troop 65, Bridgeport Hydraulic Company volunteers and the Seymour Land Trust constructed a greenway trail of more than one-mile in length through Little Laurel-Lime Ridge Park. The next segment will link the park to the Great Hill Reservoir property, just recently purchased as part of the 900 acres bought by Seymour and Oxford from the Birmingham Utilities (water) Company. Both towns and the Seymour and Oxford land trusts are planning an inter-town trail network through this new preservation area.

SHELTON: The Shelton Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and the Economic Development Commission have constructed the Shelton Enterprise and Commerce Park, a fourteen-acre riverfront light industrial site in downtown Shelton, which includes a park, farmers' market, and pedestrian riverwalk.

STRATFORD:  egun in 1994, the city, with technical assistance from HVA, completed the design and engineering plan for an eight-mile bikeway that will follow the Housatonic River north to the vicinity of The Dock shopping center. The project will cost $1.1 million, with 80 percent being funded by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Act (ISTEA) program. Also in Stratford is the Far Mill River Park (a 46-acre Stratford Town Park that includes parts of Shelton) and Greenway. Shelton has added to the greenway with open space along the river and plans to add more as private property becomes available.