DEEP: CT Greenways Council Accepting Nominations

2017 Press Release
 
February 15, 2017
 
CT Greenways Council Accepting Nominations
Submit greenways to be designated by the state
 
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Greenways Council today announced that nominations for official state greenway designations are now being accepted.

Nomination form deadline is May 1, 2017. The nomination form is available as a word document or a PDF.  The preferred method for submission of completed nomination forms is by e-mail to Laurie.Giannotti@ct.gov and digital photos and maps are preferred (digital photos of hard copy maps are acceptable).  Nominations may also be submitted on CD or other electronic storage device and can be mailed to Laurie.Giannotti, CT DEEP, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127.

Greenways are an integral part of any community, offering recreational opportunities, supporting economic development, providing alternate transportation options, and helping to preserve the environment.

“Greenways can make a community a more attractive place to live by connecting living spaces with the environment, and they preserve history and cultivate town pride,” said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee. “It is the hope of the Connecticut Greenways Council that the designation process will help in the development, enhancement, and preservation of those places that mean so much to the people in the communities they serve.”

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 68 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 http://www.ct.gov/deep/greenways.