- A riverside trail at Young’s Field Park! In the fall of 2016 work began on a project that has 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 will receive 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. It is being overseen by New Milford’s Public Works Dept. It will also include a fishing dock, benches, a cleaned up kayak/canoe ramp, kayak rack, bike racks, and a picnic table. The Inauguration celebration is scheduled for June 17, 2017. The plans for this project can be viewed here:
Also, in this 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 Fall of 2017.
- 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! (KL, Refer to the Website Script of March 21, 2014 for the photos.)
- 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.