Even the rain could not dampen the spirit and the support of the community at yesterday’s groundbreaking of Norwalk River Valley Trail’s Wilton Loop. Close to 70 members of the community came out to celebrate this milestone and listen to remarks from first selectmen Bill Brennan (Wilton), Natalie Ketcham (Redding), and Rudy Marconi (Ridgefield). State Senator Toni Boucher and State Representative Gail Lavielle praised the five towns – Danbury, Redding, Ridgefield, Wilton, and Norwalk – for their cooperation and dedication to making yesterday a reality.
Wilton’s Director of Environmental Affairs Patricia Sesto highlighted the success of the fundraising to date, making note of the critical role the benefactors’ vision has played – and will continue to play – in raising awareness and communicating the multitude of benefits the NRVT will bring to our surrounding communities. Local resident Chris Edwards added that supporting the NRVT is the right thing to do as a socially responsible community.
In an email to constituents, Wilton’s Lavielle, noted, “The NRVT is an excellent example of what residents of a community – or in this case, several communities – can do with an idea, hard work, and resolve. …Our region has one of the most spectacular landscapes in the country. Part of its charm, of course, is that sometimes it takes a little work to get to the most beautiful, hidden spots. From that standpoint, the trail is like magic. It’s a small, almost imperceptible touch of human intervention that, without disturbing the surroundings, makes it as easy as possible for everyone to enjoy them to the fullest.”
Weather permitting, the demonstration trail should be completed within six to eight weeks, at which time another celebration will be scheduled – a ribbon-cutting ceremony.