VGV Receives AwardFounder and Lead Person of the Vernon Greenways Volunteers Don Bellingham was given the Connecticut Volunteer of the Year Award for 2020 by the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Service for his 15 years of service in that capacity.
In 2020 it was noticed that the mural established in 2015 was in need of repair. A committee was formed and much of the mural redone. To insure it remained in good shape and increase interest, the mural will be redone in the spring each year going forward.
Leveling The Trail
New ATV and Shed
In October 2019 we became the proud parents of a Polaris Ranger 4 XY ATV. We have been using a mule for the last several years that finally gave up the ghost. Parks and Rec purchased the vehicle. The ATV will be housed in a shed at the Birch Street Fire Station and we are designated as the primary users. EMS, Fire, Police and Parks and Rec will be users in an emergency situation.
Looking For Tree Damage
In September 2019 we held an event to examine trees adjacent to the trail to see if they had received any damage from invasive insects (Asian Longhorned Beetles or Spotted Lantern Flys). We last did this is 2016. The process was led by 4 experts who acted as Team Leaders. No damage was found.
Bike Repair Station
Gary Leavitt winters in Florida and came back in 2018 with the idea of installing a bike repair station. The idea was researched including trips to two locations within the state and searching the internet for pricing and options. We presented our findings to Parks and Rec Director, Marty Sitler, who agreed it was a good idea. Parks and Rec purchased and installed the unit.
Hop River Ride Rolling Museum
In 2017 the Bolton bike group initiated an historical bike tour of their Rail Trail (Hop River Ride Rolling Museum). In 2018 they asked us to join them with the tour starting in Vernon at noon and continuing on the Bolton leg at 2 PM. Kickoff was from Pedal Power on Route 30.
For Vernon Don Bellingham did a presentation at the mural and a second presenter was at the Vernon Depot at Church Street. A detailed description was posted on a large sign over Tunnel Road and various overlook places were noted, as well.
Vernon Greenways Volunteers In Action
The following photos will give you an idea of the type of tasks the Vernon Greenways Volunteers undertakes. Our season begins in the Spring and continues into October.
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