Welcome to the FVTC!
The Farmington Valley Trails Council is sponsoring a bike ride every month from April to October. Check our EVENTS page for dates and details.
THE RIVER TRAIL IN BURLINGTON IS IN CONSTRUCTION PHASE
The River Trail in Burlington is closed for reconstruction.
The projected schedule is:
- January 5-16: Tree Clearing
- January 19-23: Take up asphalt; remove some roots
- April/May: Fine Grading, Paving and Fence
- End of May: Estimated Completion
Q: Why Become a Member of the Farmington Valley Trails Council?
A: To connect people and communities? improving our world?
Who Are We?
- The Farmington Valley Trails Council. Inc. is a CT 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation founded in 1992 to advocate for multi-use "rails-to-trails" in central Connecticut.
- The Board of Directors comes from many different towns and backgrounds, our President, Bruce Donald, has held that position for 9 years, and has been appointed Chairman of the Connecticut Greenways Council and Chair of the CT Committee of the East Coast Greenway Alliance.
- The political advocacy and economic strength of our organization stem directly from the vibrancy of our membership.
- Our Adopt-a-Trail Program helps eight towns keep the trail clean and safe with over 100 volunteers.
- The FVTC Trail Ambassador Program and other initiatives such as our Clean-Up Day every April, and trailside tables attract hundreds of volunteers.
- We have very low administration costs. 94% of every dollar goes to the trails.
- FVTC grants for construction, maintenance and trail amenities have averaged over $38,000 a year over the last 6 years.
What Do We Do?
- We work tirelessly to "close the gaps" in the 80-mile Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, the 26-mile Farmington River Trail, and the designated East Coast Greenway system.
- Promotion of the benefits of this multi-use trail system, branded as a linear park from New Haven to Northampton as one of the premier such facilities in the United States.
- The FVTC Maintenance Fund helps our area towns fund trail construction, enhancements and ongoing maintenance.
- Building alliances with federal, State, town and like-minded organizations is a key component of our advocacy. We sit on multiple boards and speak at events across the eastern U.S.
- We educate the public by providing 10,000 folding maps a year, as well as events that promote safety and proper etiquette on the trail system. An updated Trail Guide will be published soon.
- We provide up-to-date information on our high quality Website www.fvgreenway.org and through timely communications such as Newsletters and emails.
- We publish papers on trail advocacy, policy, maintenance and safety.
- We give out thousands of free handlebar bells and blinkies to promote trail safety.
- Our Laser Counter Program accurately counts usage on the trail system and provides detailed, reliable data for not only the FVTC but CTDOT, DEEP and others.
- Our Unified Design Policy dictates our grants for rules and etiquette signage, information kiosks, benches, and initiatives such as painted center lines and commercial signage.
Why Do We Do It?
- To provide a safe, off-road, ADA-compliant trail system that allows free "alternative" recreation and travel from point to point in a uniquely beautiful setting.
- Every dollar spent building multi-use trails returns a multiple of that yearly.
- They are immediate successes when built, indicating heavy demand, and they attract thousands of users. Over 250,000 in just the Farmington Valley in 2013 alone!
- All those local and out of town users add significantly to community economic development.
- Residents are overwhelmingly positive about them, communities that have them are more desirable, and properties near trails sell faster at higher prices.
- These repurposed corridors are retained permanently as improved open space.