The Mill River Trail would connect East Rock Park to Criscuolo Park in Fair Haven in New Haven, Connecticut. Wherever possible it would run alongside the Mill River and accommodate walking, jogging and biking. The addition of strategically placed canoe launches would also facilitate water recreation. This along the Mill River aligns with the City of New Haven’s green-way plan for FairHaven and will connect into a larger trail system.
New Haven is a water bound city with a population that is disconnected from the water. The Mill river has a central location in the city. It creates a corridor for people between communities that have been sliced into pieces by highways and train tracks. Creating a trail reclaims and celebrates the lower Mill River as a recreational and wildlife habitat asset. A number of citizens and government agencies have tried to put this trail in place over years. The community, business and government climate as well as the transfer of ownership of the CT Transportation property create an unique opportunity to realize this long held vision of river trail.
I started out thinking of America as highways and state lines. As I got to know it better, I began to think of it as rivers.