‘CITY WALK’ DED­I­CATED

Walk­ing trail in­tended to en­cour­age foot traf­fic down­town

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ben Lam­bert

WINSTED » Res­i­dents ded­i­cated a new trail in down­town Winsted last week. The trail is de­signed to bring peo­ple to the fea­tures of the down­town and even­tu­ally link the com­mu­nity to parts of Con­necti­cut far afield.

The City Walk trail runs through down­town Winsted, start­ing at the Row­ley Street skate park, trav­el­ing along Wil­low, Bridge, Prospect, Lake and Main streets — in­clud­ing the river­walk, along the Mad River — and loop­ing around East End Park.

The hope is to bring peo­ple down­town, Winsted Trails mem­ber Ric Nalette said, and en­cour­age foot traf­fic along the busi­ness area.

“Our down­town com­mu­nity is the heart of our town,” said Nalette. “The more peo­ple we get down­town, the health­ier the heart­beat.” Even­tu­ally, the aim is to link the City Walk trail to the Sue Gross-

“Our down­town com­mu­nity is the heart of our town. The more peo­ple we get down­town, the health­ier the heart­beat.” — Ric Nalette, Winsted Trails mem­ber

man Green­way, which is ex­pected to run into the down­town, and con­nect Winsted all the way to Derby.

Ground-break­ing on the Winsted por­tion of the green­way, Nalette said, is cur­rently planned for to­wards the end-of-the-sum­mer, or per­haps next spring.

Trails add to the “liv­abil­ity” of com­mu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to Phillip Allen, chair­man of the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and Winsted Trails or­ga­nizer.

“We know from a host of stud­ies that peo­ple are look­ing for walk­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties, where they have op­por­tu­ni­ties to be able to en­joy be­ing out in open spa­ces, in green spa­ces, in na­ture — and to do it safely,” said Allen. “In try­ing to build up the qual­i­ties of the town that (are) go­ing to at­tract new peo­ple that want to come and make their homes here and make their lives here, hav­ing a net­work of trails that pro­vide con­nec­tiv­ity both in town and in our sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties is a real plus.”

Con­fi­dence and mile markers are to be placed along the City Walk, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from Winsted Trails, to help guide those walk­ing along the trail. At last Thurs­day’s rib­bon cut­ting, a painted foot­print marked the be­gin­ning of the trail at the in­ter­sec­tion of Park Place and South Main Street.

The group has held tours of the City Walk in re­cent years, and in that vein, led a small party to­wards the trail last week at the ded­i­ca­tion, step­ping off from East End Park with the sun shin­ing and the pos­si­bil­ity of rain hold­ing off.

Winsted and Tor­ring­ton re­ceived $1.8 mil­lion from the state for the de­vel­op­ment of the Sue Gross­man Green­way in June 2016.

Tor­ring­ton of­fi­cials have dis­cussed hopes to link that green­way to the Nau­gatuck River Green­way, hoped to span the way be­tween Tor­ring­ton and Derby.

BEN LAM­BERT / HEARST CON­NECTI­CUT ME­DIA

Mem­bers of Winsted Trails and res­i­dents took part in a rib­bon-cut­ting and ded­i­ca­tion for the City Walk, a trail run­ning through down­town Winsted. In the cen­ter of the group is Winsted Trails mem­ber Ric Nalette.

Winsted Trails mem­bers in­clud­ing Ric Nalette, right, point to a small green foot­print on the pave­ment that in­di­cates the start of the City Walk trail.

BEN LAM­BERT / HEARST CON­NECTI­CUT ME­DIA

Winsted Trails mem­bers and other res­i­dents be­gin the City Walk, a trail run­ning through down­town Winsted.

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