South Branch Park River Trail
About the South Branch Park River Project :
After almost 10 years of planning, phase one of the South Branch Park River trail is open to the public. This multi-use paved trail runs from Flatbush Avenue to Nilan Street, is 1,690-ft long, 12-ft wide, and has trail head plazas located at each end. Steel benches, trees and shrubs will line the trail and provide rest areas for visitors and wildlife.
Phase one is just the beginning of a larger trail system being planned for this area. The proposed trail would begin on the east side of the river at Hamilton Street across from Pope Park, then run southerly along Brookfield Street, cross Flatbush Ave and continue southerly until its end at Newfield Avenue. Other segments being considered are a meadow trail for walkers that would connect just south of the Flatbush Avenue trail head to the river; a westerly connection to the Trout Brook trail in West Hartford, and a southerly connection along the Piper Brook corridor, a state designated greenway in Newington.
A ribbon cutting celebration for phase one of the trail was held on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 2:00 PM, at the intersections of Nilan and Brookfield streets in Hartford. Guest speakers included Mayor Eddie Perez, DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy and representatives from the various agencies and organizations who worked on the project.
Photos from the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:
Photos from the Ground Breaking Ceremony:
South Branch Park River Fact Sheets:
South Branch Park River Fact Sheet (English, pdf)
South Branch Park River Fact Sheet (Spanish, pdf)
South Branch Park River Links:
Hartford Courant Blog of SBPR: Taste of Nature in the City
Hartford Courant Blog of SBPR: Pictures of Greenway Dedication
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