“Greenways connect the places we live with the places we love.”
As progress continues at an accelerated pace to make the entire Litchfield Community Greenway a reality we are looking for additional members to help with the effort. Our meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30 PM at E J Murphy’s office. Please join us & see for yourself how you can make our Greenway a success.
Pictures of our Progress!
The Litchfield Community Greenway
Many towns have converted unused railroad beds to updated greenways allowing the public to walk and ride their bikes through some of the most scenic areas of Connecticut. Litchfield’s old railroad bed had attracted the attention of a group of citizens who have been working together for many years to make that dream of making a trail on the railroad bed into a reality. Phase one of the Litchfield Community Greenway is approximately a 2 mile trail that winds from Russell Street through wooded areas and along the Bantam River. It is a scenic and peaceful place in the midst of a lively town.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officially designated the Litchfield Community Greenway as an official state Greenway in 2011. To view the state greenways map from their site click here!
Event Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – 7:00pm
Town Hall Annex
80 Doyle Road
Bantam, CT 06750
Public hearing on greenway plan resumes in August
Please attend the August 8 meeting to support the Greenway plans for Phase 3, if you can.
A proposed stretch of the Litchfield Community Greenway would cross a pedestrian bridge that would be installed over Butternut Brook. A public hearing on a plan by the Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway to extend a recreational trail from Bissell Road to North Shore Road is underway before the Inland Wetlands Commission.
The hearing began July 11 and will resume August 8.
On the opening night of the hearing, Dennis McMorrow, an engineer with Berkshire Engineering and Surveying of Bantam, presented a proposal that includes 390 feet of boardwalk through wet areas of the old Shepaug Railroad bed that would form the trail. The proposal includes a 55-foot-long prefabricated fiberglass pedestrian bridge over Butternut Brook.
Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway have raised $137,000 to build the section of trail and install the bridge. The section would be part of a trail network linking the center of Litchfield and Bantam.
The proposed section of trail would enter a small wetlands area along Bissell Road, and pass through White Memorial Foundation, Eversource Energy and state Department of Transportation property on its way to North Shore Road.
Two sections of boardwalk were added to minimize disturbance to wetlands, according to McMorrow.
[from Litchfield.bz 07-18-18]
“Tour, Taste & Toast”
Litchfield Community Greenway Benefit
Friday, May 11 ~ 6:00-8:00 pm
569 Bantam Road, Litchfield
The Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway, Inc. will be hosting “Tour, Taste & Toast” to celebrate the completion of the Second Phase of the Litchfield Community Greenway and benefit construction efforts for Phase 3. The event will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Litchfield Distillery, located at 569 Bantam Road in Litchfield.
Guests will be treated to a tour of the distillery, a tasting of the fine bourbon and gin crafted by brothers, and Litchfield Distillery founders, Jack and Dave Baker. Wine, beer, soft drinks will also be available. Hors d’oeuvres will be prepared and served by Meraki’s of Litchfield. Those 21 and older are welcome to attend.
The cost is $50 per person and reservations are required for this event. Send a check to “Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway, Inc.” P.O. Box 778 Litchfield, CT 06759 by May 4, 2018.
For more information on this event or to learn more about how you can support the Greenway Project, please call 860-567-8851. This event is made possible with the generous support of The Litchfield Distillery and the Connecticut Community Foundation.
[from Litchfield.bz, May 9, 2018]