It would cost just over $250,000 to complete the one-mile section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail that is planned to run through Redding, organizers said Monday.
According to Stewart Green, the organizer of efforts to build a portion of the trail in Redding, the town’s trail area is “gradually contoured” and would not require intricate engineering or construction.
By comparison, a portion of the trail running through Wilton involves expensive boardwalk sections to protect wetlands.
“There’s been a lot of progress” on the trail, Green said. “We’re building on something that’s been happening here for quite some time. … I’ve come to think of it as an amenity on the scale of a park or a golf course. It’s something that is important.”
Green and Patricia Sesto, the chairman of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, appeared at Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting to reach out publicly for Redding-at-large’s help in building the trail.
So far, the trail completed in Norwalk and Wilton has been financed by a mixture of public and private funding. Private funds, raised by single residents, families, and corporate donors, will make up the majority of the money Redding needs to finish its trail, Sesto said.
Sesto, speaking of her experience in Wilton, said she was genuinely surprised at how quickly a half-mile demonstration loop attracted local attention. She said residents quickly engaged with Sesto, asking what the town needed for the project.
“Six weeks later we broke ground on the second section,” Sesto said. “They’re still asking, ‘How much do you need?’”
Residents who are interested in learning more about the trail, or donating to the trail, are invited to visit http://www.nrvt-trail.com/.