Thursday, April 8, 2010

On Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a trail improvement party along the Norwalk River on the south side of Rt. 123.

On Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a trail improvement party along the Norwalk River on the south side of Rt. 123.
Help the Norwalk River Watershed Association and its partners prepare a section of proposed trail along Riverside Avenue and the Norwalk River that will connect existing trails at Union Park (just west of Norwalk Public Library) to existing trails on the north side of Rt. 123.
The focus of this event will be trash cleanup as well as invasive vine removal along the riverbank to prepare the trail for fall plantings and signage. On-site training on how to identify the invasive plants will be provided. There are jobs for a variety of age levels. Meet at the north side of Casatelli Marble & Tile (34 Riverside Ave.). Bring your own tools if possible. Through the generosity of a grant from Recreational Equipment Inc. to NRWA for trail improvements, some tools will be available and lunch will be provided for volunteers.
Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) has donated $5,000 to the Norwalk River Watershed Association to help implement this section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail System, as well as to develop a comprehensive trail map of the entire watershed area from Norwalk to Ridgefield. This section of trail is being planned as a collaborative effort between the Norwalk River Watershed Association, Norwalk River Valley Trail Committee, Norwalk League of Women Voters, City of Norwalk and ConnDOT to develop a significant multi-use trail that would extend approximately 8 miles from Calf Pasture Beach to the Norwalk-Wilton line. The existing section of trail in Norwalk links together a number of attractions, including the Maritime Aquarium, the Lockwood-Matthews Museum, the new Heritage Park, and Union Park. Another short section of completed trail extends from New Canaan Avenue (Route 123) to Broad Street. The next proposed section will extend from Union Park, north along Riverside Avenue to Route 123. When this section of trail is completed, it will be possible to go from theMaritime Center to Broad Street via the Norwalk River Valley Trail.
Anyone interested in helping should e-mail us at info@norwalkriver.org or call NRWA at 1-877-NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463),) to sign up or for further directions.
The Norwalk River Watershed Association, Inc. [NRWA], is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the water quality and quality of life in the region. Through fostering education, cooperation, and action on the part of individuals, businesses, community groups, and government agencies, NRWA is a catalyst for positive environmental change that benefits fresh water supplies, Long Island Sound, and the residents of the watershed, which includes the municipalities of New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Wilton, and Lewisboro, N.Y. For information on free programs, research, volunteer opportunities and membership visit www.norwalkriver.org.

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