Dear Friends,

Do you know you make magic happen every day?

You create the reality of a ribbon for walking, biking, running, blading, strolling and simply getting away from the ubiquity of the car culture. That’s magical. I’m proud that the remaining gaps in our trail continue to shrink.

The final four miles of the Cheshire section on the north end of town have officially opened. That means you can run a marathon entirely on the trail from New Haven to Southington – there is more than 26.2 miles of gap-free greenway to enjoy now in southern CT.

We are just one of many partners supporting what has become a diverse and inclusive focal point for community action at many levels.

The trail is a place you can walk into art. In New Haven, a mural celebrating the trail was unveiled this fall.

The trail is a place you can walk into nature. An energetic partnership led by the New Haven Friends of the Trail received a grant from the Audubon Society and the Fish and Wildlife Service to create a corridor of native plant species to create a natural oasis for migrating birds and butterflies.

The trail is a place you can meet new friends and neighbors. This spring and summer, I attended clean-ups sponsored by businesses and residents in Hamden, and pancake breakfasts held on the trail organized by local church groups in New Haven.

With your help we can conjure up some more magic. Please join us by making as generous a donation as you can.


Lisa Fernandez, President

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