Forging a New Trail From Norwalk
Imagine a trail where you can take your kids for a safe bike ride, or go for a Sunday stroll in the woods, or walk traffic-free from the railway station to your workplace. That vision is becoming a reality, as new stretches of the Norwalk River Valley Trail are being laid down in Fairfield County. The project will eventually trace a 38-mile route from Norwalk to Danbury, going through the towns of Wilton, Ridgefield, and Redding. Fairfielders closest point of entry right now is in Norwalk at Union Park heading to the Maritime Aquarium, and from New Canaan Avenue to Broad Street.
Sections of the route have been in place in Norwalk since the 1990s but the project took a giant leap in 2014 with the opening of a one-mile stretch in Wilton. The new trail, which winds through acres of mature forest, is already proving popular with families, dog walkers, and office workers. “The word has spread and it’s been great,” says Pat Sesto, environmental affairs director for the Town of Wilton, who is leading the project for the five towns with a committee of volunteers. With a gritted robust pavement, wide wooden boardwalks, and a gentle gradient, the trail is great for cyclists, runners, kids, and wheelchair users.
Some sections of the trail in Ridgefield and Danbury will also be suitable for horse riders. The next stage of the project will complete the eastern side of the trail’s Wilton Loop. Professional builders, corporate supporters, and a corps of volunteers are ready to break ground once new funds of $1.6 million are raised.
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