We are excited about what we have accomplished in the last year with your help. Our Bissell Road boardwalk and crosswalk were completed last Fall. Thanks to you, our supporters, we could fully fund a $35,000 matching grant from the Seherr-Thoss Foundation. With that phase completed, our next challenge is to complete a stretch of trail along Russell Street, beginning at the soon to be renovated railroad station, and continuing south to the intersection of Russell and South Lake Streets, connecting the current Greenway (The Ghost Trail) to the center of Litchfield.
To accomplish this, we have received another matching grant from the Seherr-Thoss Foundation in the amount of $30,000. Due to our successful Give Local event, we have matched all but $9,000 of that amount.
With your help, we can complete this important section
linking the Greenway to the center of town.
Now, the Town of Litchfield has made the Greenway even more accessible by adding a parking lot near the Ghost trail at Whites Woods Road and creating a path linking the lot to the Greenway.
The Litchfield Community Greenway has been over 20 years in the making and we are thrilled to be making such significant progress, completing nearly two miles of the five mile planned route.
Our goal is to connect Litchfield and Bantam with an artery that keeps children, families, seniors and pets off of Route 202 and other busy streets. With the steadfast support of friends like you, we are doing it.
Since we receive no financial support from the Town of Litchfield or the state, we cannot develop future sections without the continuing support of the community and the many people like you who believe in the great value and benefit that our community’s Greenway provides for us all.
In addition to regular contributions, you may want to consider these other ways of giving:
- If you are 70 1/2 or more, as part of your year-end Minimum IRA Distribution, you can direct up to $100,000 to eligible charities instead of to yourself. By doing this, you reduce your income tax liability for that distribution and directly help charities such as the Greenway. You can also make a bequest to the Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway as part of your estate plan. For more information on these options, contact your financial advisor.
- For a gift of $5,000 or more you can create a memorial in honor of a loved one or in recognition of an individual or group. Should you have any questions, send us an email at email@example.com.
Happy Holidays!! We’ll see you on The Greenway!
The Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway Board of Directors
Clifford A. Cooper, President
Berta Andrulis Mette, Vice President
Chuck Conn, Secretary
Gwen Burgess, Treasurer
John Clock, Bill Jones, Jeff Pratt