A riverside trail at Young’s Field Park! In June of 2017 we celebrated the Inauguration of the new riverside park at Young’s Field. This project had been in the making since 2007. Funded in part by the Housatonic River Natural Resources Restoration Settlement Fund, which was established as a result of PCBs being released by GE into the Housatonic River, and from the Landfill Settlement Fund (or Waste Management Fund), as well as funding from our generous supporters , Young’s Field Park’s riverfront received much needed improvements, including restoration of its riverbank, clearing of invasive growth, planting of native species trees and shrubs, and installation of a 1/4 mile, environmentally-friendly, porous, paved, ADA-compliant walking, hiking, and bicycling trail that is handicapped and stroller accessible. The project, considered the second phase of the New Milford River Trail, is located in the historic downtown Village Green area of New Milford. The project was overseen by New Milford’s Public Works Dept. It also includes a fishing dock, benches, a cleaned up kayak/canoe ramp, kayak rack, bike racks, and a picnic table.
An incredible animated project rendering, by Nick Pouder:
- A Preliminary Engineering Report! The Bikes & Trails Committee, established by Mayor David Gronbach in 2016 has hired engineering firm Milone & MacBroom to perform a prelimiary engineering report for the remaining eight miles of trail- from Boardman Road to the Brookfield border. The report should be completed by the end of 2017.
- Bike Friendly Community! In November of 2017 New Milford received an Honorary Award from the League of American Cyclists for its efforts to become a Bike Friendly Community.
- Greenway Designation! In May of 2017 New Milford River Trail received Greenway designation by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Greenways Council.
- Park Your Bike Downtown! Thanks to the generous support of the following local businesses and civic entities, 12 brand new bike racks were recently installed at key destination points in our Village Center and surrounding areas: All-American Waste, Bank Street Theater, Candlewood Valley Motors, Cramer & Anderson, New Milford High School Interact Club with the New Milford Rotary Club, New Milford Hospital Medical Staff, New Milford Parks & Recreation Department, O’Keiff Orthodontics, Phys-Ed with Aspetuck Animal Hospital, SouthPaw Builders LLC, Union Savings Bank, Wetmore’s Chrysler-Jeep-RAM-Dodge (which purchased two bike racks!)
- Toward more Bike-Friendly Streets! Thanks to the New Milford Public Works Department, we now have “Share-the-Road” signs on such busy thoroughfares as Boardman Road, Grove Street, Hine Hill Road, Housatonic Avenue and Still River Drive. And what’s more–sharrows on Boardman Road’s pavement! Look for them!
- Downtown River Trail Connector! Thanks to the New Milford Economic Development Commission (EDC), the New Milford Recreation Association and to an anonymous local trail enthusiast, a feasibility study was completed in 2014 that helped determine what it will take to extend the river trail from Boardman Road to downtown New Milford.