‘CITY WALK’ DEDICATED
Walking trail intended to encourage foot traffic downtown
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.
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.
Winsted Trails members and other residents begin the City Walk, a trail running through downtown Winsted.