The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) announces a match grant from Building and Land Technology (BLT) for its year-end campaign, “Join our Journey”. BLT will match every donation made from Monday Nov. 30 to Dec. 6th, up to $5000.
When completed, the NRVT will be a 30-mile trail running from Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, though the towns of Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding and terminating at Rogers Park in Danbury. The NRVT is 8 miles of well-loved and frequently visited trail, currently in sections of Norwalk and Wilton only. There are still 22 miles more to build!
In the next year, NRVT is scheduled to build an additional 3 miles, with sections in Redding, Wilton and Norwalk. Planning has also begun on an addition to the Wilton East Loop, north of Skunk Lane. Additionally, NRVT is very pleased to announce the authorization of an new trail section at the magnificent Tarrywile Park in the City of Danbury.
For every step, funds are needed for permits, wetlands approvals, state/local leases, engineering, trail design and of course, actual construction. The average cost of construction alone is $250 per foot. While the NRVT does receive grants from the government and foundations, much of the funding comes from local individuals.
Donations can be made on NRVT’s new website:
Or mailed to:
Friends of the NRVT, Inc.
PO Box 174
Georgetown, CT 06829
“We have seen how important it is to get out into nature during this most challenging year. The NRVT greatly appreciates any size donation and the BLT match will help us continue to move forward !’ said Beth Merrill, NRVT’s Executive Director. “The donations we receive are returned to all as more NRVT miles to explore and enjoy!”
BLT property, The CURB, is an NRVT neighbor. The WilWalk section of NRVT, slated to begin construction in early 2021, is a mere 1000 feet from the north side of the lovely CURB complex on Glover St, Norwalk. When WilWalk is completed, the trail will run along the eastern edge of CURB property, affording easy access to a healthy amenity and retreat into nature. For more information: https://www.thecurbapts.com/
During the first 3 months of the Coronavirus pandemic, the NRVT had trail use spike by over 260%. The NRVT has 8 miles of completed of trail and 22 more miles to build.