Merritt Parkway Trail Update
Signs of spring abound after a long winter season. Along the Merritt Parkway, flowers are beginning to bloom and hikers and cyclists are making a presence once again on nearby roads and trails.
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Currently, the CT DOT is laying out a conceptual alignment of the trail, which will be studied for its impacts and benefits, based on the input received during the initial public workshops. When this phase is completed, the DOT will conduct another round of public meetings, likely this fall. After that, an Environmental Assessment will be conducted based on their findings. It is encouraging that one of the key points made during the public workshops was that the Merritt Parkway Trail, sensitively executed, would fulfill the original vision of the Parkway as a beautiful linear park, complete with a pathway.
We would like to use these updates to share common objections that are raised in regard to building the trail, that are often not based upon the facts. One objection and fear is that housing prices along the trail will suffer. This is not substantiated by the experiences and statistics related to similarly designed trails. A review of the literature, including studies and surveys conducted from Massachusetts to Minnesota indicate increased property values and ease of sale, as well as an improved quality of life in areas close to trails. Please reference: http://www.brucefreemanrailtrail.org/trail_plans/rail_trail_studies.html
Will you join us in supporting the Trail as a recreational and public health amenity, an alternative way to experience and appreciate the Merritt Parkway, a critical link in the East Coast Greenway and a non-motorized transportation alternative for communities?