The non-profit organization, New London-Greenwich Rail Trail Inc. (NLGRT), intends to create a 7-mile, multi-use recreational trail will run parallel to the CSX railroad tracks from the south side of West Main Street in New London to Townsend Street in Greenwich, providing access for non-motorized use.
Gathering in the United Methodist Church in Greenwich, group members determined the project — which began 12 years ago — has yet to develop past the planning and fundraising stages.
However, because the NLGRT secured the trail-area’s right-of-way, “we can at least start clearing the brush — and we’ll rely on volunteer labor for that,” board president Tom Dupee said.
The first work session will be July 13, while the second one will take place July 28. Following those, sessions will be held on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday of each month, with the work beginning about 8 a.m.
Dupee said that in order for volunteers to participate in the upcoming work, insurance requires membership in the NLGRT.
Thanks to $50,000 in donations from local community and independent entities, in addition to a grant awarded by the Clean Ohio Trails Fund — which covered 75 percent of the purchase amount — the NLGRT was able to buy the 49.6-acre property from the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad Co. for $247,000, Dupee said previously. The deal included closing costs and title insurance fees.
Greenwich granted the group a right-of-way easement on village-owned property at the western terminus.
The trail — which is not open to the public at this time — is about $300,000 to $400,000 away from completion, according to Dupree.
“Donations of time, money, or whatever you can give are all helpful,” Dupree said.
Before the next NLGRT meeting, people will be able to spot group members in Greenwich’s upcoming parade July 6.