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Waveny Trails to Get a Makeover

New Canaan residents are brainstorming to develop the best course of action for the trails at Waveny Park.

 

The Waveny Trails Alliance under the Parks and Recreation Commission is looking to systematically rejuvenate certain walking trails throughout the .

Assitant Director of Public Works suggested a three tier system similar to ski slopes. The proposed course of action would entail:

-Green Circle trails, which Mann defines as “a graded trail, a minimum of eight feet in width, similar to the Waveny Loop areas we reconstructed several years ago. People could expect virtually no issues with drainage, roots, rocks, etc. and we would make every effort to maintain those trails to the above standard.”

-Blue Square trails, which Mann defines as “an improved trail, in certain locations, specifically where drainage is a concern. Users should expect to see roots, rocks, etc. Trail width approximately eight feet only for maintenance vehicle access.”

-Black Diamond trails, which Mann defines as “a rough terrain trail where minimal maintenance is performed. If a rut can swallow a small child we will take care of the repair only. Users should expect to see roots, rocks, etc. Vegetation cut back periodically to allow maintenance vehicle access.”

New Canaan Running Club Advisory Board Member , another participant in the Waveny Trails alliance, weighed in on the issue.

“There's still plenty to do. We've got to get a permit from Inland Wetlands, we have to submit a proposal to the state for the STEEP Grant, file plans with the state DEP, go out to bid and get contractors,” said Gerweck.

According to long time New Canaan resident and alliance member , the initiative to clean up some of the trails was in response to complaints by joggers and walkers that roots and rocks were causing trips and falls.

The proposed plan is still in its infancy and will be further discussed at the next Parks and Recreation meeting on Wednesday, June 13. 

Marian Murphy May 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM
After commuting into the city for five days, I always enjoyed the serene beauty of Waveny Park, especially its wilderness aspect. While safety of everybody should be a concern, I hope we can leave some of the smaller trails more or less untouched so Waveny doesn't lose its natural beauty. Is there a map of which trails are under consideration?
Marian Murphy May 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM
After commuting into the city for five days, I always enjoyed the serene beauty of Waveny Park, especially its wilderness aspect. While safety of everybody should be a concern, I hope we can leave some of the smaller trails more or less untouched so Waveny doesn't lose its natural beauty. Is there a map of which trails are under consideration?
Glen K Dunbar May 30, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I forgot how lovely Waveny can be. I will have to take my daughter there for picnic or to do one of my favorite hobbies. Shoot off model rockets.. Not sure which I like better rockets or opera.
Emily Constance May 30, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Marian, I think at the next Parks and Rec meeting there should be more discussion on specifics like cost, time frame, and whether or not the tier system will in fact be pursued. I'll be there to get the updates.
Dave May 31, 2012 at 01:28 AM
LEAVE IT ALONE IT IS WHAT IT IS AND I LOVE IT THE WAY IT IS LEAVE IT ALONE

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