Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Rails-to-Trails "Trail of the Month" article
We finally got some respect! Our trail has been noticed by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), a national organization advocating for and assisting communities to build these wonderful trails, as a "Trail of the Month". They have published a story about the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in their monthly, national publication, "Rails to Trails", which you can read in full by clicking here.
It does a good job of covering the trail from New Haven (skyline photo from the trail on top) to the northernmost bridge just before the MA state line in Suffield (bottom photo). However, you will notice one glaring omission, failure to mention the critical 9.1 mile gap in the trail that includes all of Plainville. This is a little hard to fathom, since RTC staff have walked the trail here in town with us in the past and, when asked what RTC could do for us, were told, "help us to close this gap"! You will also notice that local spokespersons for the trail also fail to mention this gap. It makes one wonder, whether folks think that the gap will be closed on it's own and there is no need to point out the obvious: as wonderful as this trail is, until the gap is closed, "the emperor has no clothes on", or the trail is not quite as wonderful as it seems If you want to do something about this, please let our Town Manager know your thoughts by completing an online feedback form.
Enjoy the Spring weather and keep on biking.