Welcome to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
Recently, the Farmington Valley lost an ardent trail advocate of many years’ standing. Al Ryan was a long-time, dedicated and hard-working member of our board. Al retired from the board a few years ago and died, peacefully, on November 16, 2021. We asked our fellow board members to contribute recollections of Al and have assembled them into this memorial. It does not begin to recognize our debt to all the work that Al did to the benefit of us all.
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Notice of Trail Closure
The Farmington River Trail in Stratton Brook State Park between Stratton Brook Rd. and the pond has been closed. To detour northbound: take left on Stratton Brook Rd. (west), then right Farmstead Rd., right on Farms Village Rd. (Rt 309), then right into Stratton Brook State Park. You can pick up the trail up again at the pond.
UPDATE: The contractor reports that the Stratton Brook State Park trail will reopen around Thanksgiving.
Are You Wearing a Helmet?
Did you know? Helmets are required by law for children on skates and scooters too!
“Conor’s Law” was passed in 2018, requiring children under 16 to wear a helmet when skateboarding, scootering, roller skating and in-line skating. The new statute adds on to the existing law requiring that children under age 16 wear protective headgear when riding a bicycle on a public road or in a park.
This law was championed by Ledyard mother Holly Irwin in memory of her son Conor, an accomplished student-athlete who died at the age of 14 following an accidental fall from his skateboard in 2016.
This law is important because it reminds us all that a crash can be just as devastating from skates as it is from a bicycle. Everyone should wear a helmet, but especially our most vulnerable, our children. Make sure your child has a helmet, and be a good example by wearing one yourself. The smart thing to do is always protect your head with a helmet, no matter your age or which wheels you’re rockin’!
A Reminder from the Connecticut Greenways Council About Social Distancing on Trails
The Connecticut Greenways Council, a legislatively appointed advisory board working through the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is pleased to see that many Connecticut residents have discovered the pleasures of exploring the numerous trails that crisscross state, town and land trust properties.