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Norwalk River Valley Trail Goals For New Year Include Wilton Loops

Norwalk River Valley Trail Announces 2016 Objectives
Norwalk River Valley Trail Announces 2016 Objectives Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk River Valley Trail has released its principal objectives and upgrades for 2016.

Wilton, East-Side Loop : NRVT plans to extend the trail to Skunk Lane. The project involves a 300-foot boardwalk across wetlands and a half-mile of new trail. It will cost $350,000 to extend the trail to Skunk Lane. A supporter already has made a challenge grant of $55,000 to stimulate further contributions.

An additional, discrete project on the east side is construction of a small trailhead parking lot on Autumn Ridge Drive, where residents patiently have tolerated the street parking caused by the NRVT’s popularity. The lot will be an NRVT-Town of Wilton partnership.

West-Side Loop: The NRVT hopes to connect the east-side trailhead on Route 7 to Wilton Center via blazed sidewalks and bike lanes/shared road along Wolfpit Road, Horseshoe Road (west of the pond) and River Road. The project will involve building 600 feet of trail along the wooded south side of Horseshoe Pond.

Norwalk, Grist Mill Road, to Wolfpit Road, Wilton: The state has offered a $1.2 million grant toward construction of this two-town section, money that may not be transferred to other NRVT projects. The NRVT will need to match 20 percent of the grant.

The “Missing Link” : We will continue to advocate for early construction of trail to link the two existing stretches of NRVT in Norwalk. Filling this “missing link” between Union Square and New Canaan Avenue will create 2.5 miles of trail from the Maritime Aquarium to Broad Street.

Redding: The Redding team is targeting construction of a one-mile trail between Picketts Ridge and Fire Hill roads. Plans for the trail were presented to the Redding Board of Selectmen in October, and were well received. NRVT needs $264,000 to build the trail and permit construction plans to be firmed up.

For those interested in contributing to the NRVT, tax-deductible contributions may be sent to "The Friends of the NRVT," P.O. Box 174, Georgetown, CT 06829, or made via the donate button on the NRVT website.

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