A “Greenway” is a corridor of open space which meets the criteria defined here.
“Greenways are an integral part of any community, offering recreational opportunities, providing alternative transportation options, helping to preserve the environment, and supporting economic development. Greenways make a community a more attractive place to live by connecting living spaces with the environment, and they preserve history while cultivating town pride,” said DEEP Commissioner-designee Katie Dykes. “The Connecticut Greenways Council encourages municipalities to embrace the designation process to facilitate sustainable development, enhancement, and preservation of these special places.”
As an example, here are the CT Greenways within 20 miles of Westport:
|Housatonic Riverbelt Greenway|
|Mianus River Greenway (Greenwich/Stamford)|
|Mill River Greenway, Stamford|
|Newtown Greenway System|
|Norwalk Heritage Greenway|
|Norwalk River Valley Linear Trail|
|Pequonnock/Housatonic Railbed Greenway|
|Shelton Greenways System|
|The Ives Trail, Danbury|
An official designation by the Greenways Council recognizes a greenway as an open space that not only meets the definition of a greenway, but also enhances the community and is supported by local government initiatives. Designated greenways, both for recreation and resource protection, will be listed in a subsequent revision of the State Plan of Conservation and Development and may receive increased consideration for a variety of grants. There are currently approximately 75 designated greenways in Connecticut.
The Greenways Council will evaluate all nominated greenways for consistency with designation criteria. Those selected for designation will be announced by the Greenways Council in conjunction with their National Trails Day event in June.
For more information please visit www.ct.gov/deep/greenways