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Governor Lamont Announces $10 Million in State Grants for Recreational Trails Across Connecticut

Forty-Five Projects Selected to Receive Grants to Plan, Build, Expand, and Improve Multi-Use Trails

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Katie Dykes today announced the release of a series of grants totaling $10 million that will support the planning, building, expansion, and improvement of 45 multi-use trails located in towns and cities throughout Connecticut.

The grants are being awarded through Connecticut Recreational Trails Grant Program, which is administered by DEEP. Funds to support the grants were approved by the State Bond Commission at its October 2023 meeting. Governor Lamont serves as chair of the commission.

“The Connecticut Recreational Trails Program and Connecticut Greenways Council are continuing to serve a vital role in providing funding for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of trails across Connecticut,” Governor Lamont said. “The funding for these 45 projects represents a significant investment in our state’s outdoor economy, and our trails and proximity to nature are a big part of why Connecticut is an attractive place to live and work. I am thrilled to announce funding for these projects, which will improve and expand recreational trail opportunities around our state.”

“These projects represent an investment in our communities, connecting our residents and visitors with open spaces, and providing equitable and accessible outdoor recreation opportunities,” Commissioner Dykes said. “Connection to Connecticut’s natural resources benefit everyone physically and mentally and enhance our state’s overall economy. Many of the projects funded by the Connecticut Recreational Trail Grant Program will support active regional transportation corridors that can provide safe, enjoyable alternatives to car travel and reduce pollution. My thanks to Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for supporting these important investments in our state-wide trail systems.”

Grant funding awarded to these projects can be allocated for a wide variety of purposes, including planning, design, land acquisition, construction, construction administration, and publications for bikeways, walkways, and greenways, as well as for equipment and trail amenities, such as parking lots, toilet buildings, signs, and benches.

Twenty-three of the awarded projects occur within or serve Connecticut’s distressed municipalities and environmental justice communities, which will improve equitable access to outdoor recreation.

The Connecticut Greenways Council assisted DEEP with the competitive grant selection process. DEEP anticipates most projects to be completed by 2027.

The following is a list of projects receiving grants under this round:

DEEP Connecticut Recreational Trails Program
June 2024 Grant Round


Project Title

Project Type

Grant Funding


Andover Percy Cook Trail Design



Avalonia Land Conservancy

Cedar Woods Preserve Accessible Trail




Farmington Canal Heritage Trail Safety Features and Amenities




Trolley Trail Bridge Improvements

Planning/Design; Construction


Branford Land Trust

Branford Land Trust Accessible Trail

Planning/Design; Construction; Amenities; Publications; Outreach



Farmington River Trail Improvements – Burlington Section



Capitol Region Council of Governments

CRCOG Regional Trail Equipment



East Coast Greenway Alliance, Inc.

Promoting and Activating Connecticut’s Outstanding East Coast Greenway

Publications; Outreach


East Granby

East Granby Greenway Restoration Project



East Hartford

Improvements and Connectivity to Lower Great River Park Recreational Trail Network



East Lyme

Darrow Pond Outdoor Education, Conservation and Recreation Center




Open Space Trail in Urbanized Fairfield Neighborhood

Planning/Design; Construction; Outreach



Farmington Center Connectivity Project Phase 1

Planning/Design; Education; Outreach


Friends of Tarrywile Park, Inc.

Improving Safety and Accessibility to Trails in Tarrywile Park



Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway, Inc.

Litchfield Greenway – Phase 4 D&E – Bantam Connection

Construction; Amenities


Gather New Haven, Inc.

Pond Lily Nature Preserve Trail Plan

Planning/Design; Construction; Amenities; Publications; Outreach


Goshen Land Trust

Goshen Land Trust: Trails for All

Construction; Maintenance; Publications; Education; Outreach



Copp Family Park Trail Accessibility Improvements

Construction; Amenities; Acquisition



Creation of ADA Trails and Other Public Access in the Little River Preserve

Planning/Design; Construction; Maintenance; Education; Amenities; Publications



Park Trail Connectivity Action Plan

Planning/Design; Outreach



Harwinton NRG Greenway – Section 1




Middlefield/Durham Community Multi-Use Trail

Planning/Design; Outreach



Pistol Creek Trail Improvements

Planning/Design; Construction


Mitchell College

Mitchell Woods: Accessibility in Action

Planning/Design; Construction; Maintenance; Amenities


New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA)

Canton Bike Pump and Skills Park

Planning/Design; Construction; Maintenance


New Britian

Stanley Loop Trail Neighborhood Connections

Planning/Design, Construction


North Stonington

Assekonk Borderlands Half-Mile ADA Accessible Nature/Hiking Trail

Planning/Design, Construction, Maintenance, Equipment, Amenities, Publications


Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy

Master Planning for NCLC’s Public Nature Preserves



Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments

Kinneytown Section of the Naugatuck River Greenway

Planning/Preliminary Design; Outreach


Old Saybrook

Saybrook Point Trail and Education Project

Planning/Design; Construction; Maintenance; Education; Amenities; Publications; Outreach



Kate Downing Road Open Space




Salisbury Railroad Street Multi Modal Pathway Planning and Design




Trail Project

Construction; Equipment


Southwest Conservation District

Farm River Greenway Trail Section Final Design




Weed Avenue Multi-Use Trail

Planning/ Preliminary Design


Steep Rock Association

ADA-Accessible Bridge and Trail in Hidden Valley Preserve




Stratford Trails Inventory and Expansion Planning Study

Planning/Design; Publications; Outreach


West Hartford

West Hartford Multi-Use Trail Connectivity – Comprehensive Planning Study



Western Connecticut Council of Governments

Western Connecticut Regional Trail Project

Planning/Design; Outreach



Windham Air Line Trail and Willimantic River Blueway Enhancements

Planning/Design; Construction; Amenities



Woodbridge Trail QR Scan Initiative for Historic Sites

Planning/Design; Education; Outreach


Connecticut State Parks and Forests Projects

Gillette Castle Unit

Replacement of Railroad Trail Pedestrian Bridge



Hop River State Park Trail

Hop River Trail Restoration – Railroad Brook




State Park Trail Maintenance Equipment



No Child Left Inside

Connecticut State Park Storywalk Frames



Funding for program administration of just over 3% ($319,846), pursuant to state statutes, is also included in this grant award round.

The Connecticut Trail Census, a project of the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), recorded more than 2.7 million trail uses at 42 trail counter locations across Connecticut in 2023. Average daily uses increased by 28% in 2023 compared to pre-pandemic (2017 to 2019) uses. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, outdoor recreation in 2022 contributed nearly $4.5 billion to the state and supported more than 45,000 jobs.

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