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West River Greenway: Where The Trail Begins

The West River Watershed Coalition Presents A Walking Tour the Greenway Trail Where River & Harbor Meet

Explore both sides of the river as it empties into the Long Island Sound, in West Haven and New Haven.  Meet at Lorenzo’s Restaurant parking lot, 39 Elm Street, West Haven Sunday, September 8 at 1:00 pm for the 11/2-hour walking tour.

We will cross Elm Street, pass the site of the proposed Havens shopping mall, cross the Kimberly Avenue Bridge where we connect with the East Coast Greenway.  From the bridge we view the old Winter Harbor, former oyster beds and current site of proposed harbor dredging.  In New Haven we will enjoy beautiful harbor vistas from the newly landscaped DOT pedestrian access near the I-95 interchange, pass Harbour Close and in the historic City Point neighborhood, see where oystermen and their families lived and worked.

The six-year old West River Watershed Coalition is composed of a group of individuals, organizations and towns working together to improve the West River, its watershed, and tributaries.  Working together the coalition secured CT Greenway status, contributed to the West River Watershed Management Plan, supported members’ projects, such as the removal of the Pond Lily dam, initiated planning conversations with CTDOT and municipalities about pedestrian and bike access, and management of highway water runoff, partnered with the South Central Regional Council of Governments to develop a comprehensive Greenway map, and installed Greenway trail signage in New Haven, West Haven and Woodbridge.

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