Aug. 26, 2017: For some, it’s hard to picture an uninterrupted trail connecting Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to Danbury.
That’s 37 miles of trail — of which less than one-third is completed, mostly in Norwalk and Wilton.
But Norwalk River Valley Trail Executive Director Charlie Taney has a vision.
“It might take 10 to 15 years,” he said. “But it’s going to be wonderful once it’s done.”
Funding for the trail comes from a variety of sources — in Norwalk the city has consistently supported the trail and matched funding to complete the existing portions stretching from The Maritime Aquarium to central Norwalk.
“Norwalk has been committed for a long time,” Taney said. “Those sections tend to be paved because the city is such a tremendous supporter of the project.”
July 11, 2017: The Rotary Club of Ridgefield donated the first $1,000 towards the $20,000 Trail Plan for the Norwalk River Valley Trail’s initial section in Ridgefield, dubbed the Ridgefield Ramble.
The Ridgefield Ramble will be a two-mile section of the NRVT running north from the intersection of Simpaug Turnpike and Rt. 7, to Bobby’s Court on the Ridgefield/Redding line.
This section offers beautiful vistas along the Norwalk River, a combination of State and Conservation property allowing construction of the NRVT.
May 23, 2017: Four years and two miles ago, the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Wilton existed only on paper. Today, the trail is long enough to host a 5K.
Saturday, May 20, marked another milestone in the trail’s development as the ribbon was cut on a 200-foot boardwalk that traverses wetland in the section that links Autumn Ridge Road and Twin Oaks Lane. Trail officials are ready to add another 2,000 feet to get to Skunk Lane. All they need is $80,000.
May 13, 2017: Eight Norwalk River Valley Trail volunteers, primarily Wilton residents, will be counting and surveying trail users on the Wilton Loop between May 13-21.
The Norwalk River Valley Trail is one of 15 trails participating in the CT Trail Census. The data gathered in this research will help the Norwalk River Valley Trail and its supporters understand how often the trail is being used, by whom and for what purposes. This information will help in planning the further expansion of the trail.
Apr 26, 2017: A new two-mile walking trail will soon be coming to Ridgefield as part of the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT).
NRVT is a project that aims to build 38 miles of multipurpose trail connecting Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to Rogers Park in Danbury, passing through Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding along the way.
The executive director of NRVT, Charlie Taney, gave the Board of Selectmen an update at its meeting Wednesday, April 19.
Mar 31, 2017:
The Wilton Loop of Norwalk River Valley Trail inches closer to completion as development continues.
Trail builder Timber & Stone finished a 200-foot boardwalk crossing sensitive wetlands and connecting to Twin Oaks Lane, along with an additional 700 feet of trail.
The Wilton Loop now runs longer than 1.5 miles from the trail head at Route 7 and Wolfpit Road to Twin Oaks Lane. Timber & Stone anticipates completing this latest section of the NRVT by the end of April.
“We’re excited that the boardwalk and additional trail on the Wilton Loop will be completed as the weather improves and more people will be out using the Trail,” NRVT Chairman Pat Sesto said.
Mar 29, 2017: The Norwalk River Valley Trail, Mayor Harry Rilling, Keep Norwalk Beautiful, Grace Farms Foundation volunteers and employees of Shop Rite Supermarket will join forces to clean up the section of the proposed NRVT running along the Norwalk River adjacent to Riverside Avenue in Norwalk.
The cleanup will begin at 10 a.m. April 20, with crews gathering at the NRVT banner on Riverside Avenue just north of Casatelli Tile at 34 Riverside Ave. Tools and garbage bags will be provided, along with water and bug repellent. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own tools.