Grant supports river trail

Patricia Sesto, left, chair of the Norwalk River Valley Trail steering committee, Carol Johnson of the Wilton Alliance for a Healthy Community, and Bob McDowell, executive director of the Wilton Family Y, celebrate a grant given by the alliance to support the trail.

Patricia Sesto, left, chair of the Norwalk River Valley Trail steering committee, Carol Johnson of the Wilton Alliance for a Healthy Community, and Bob McDowell, executive director of the Wilton Family Y, celebrate a grant given by the alliance to support the trail.

As the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) moves into the implementation phase, the Wilton Family Y has stepped in to provide a financial boost with a grant of $5,000 from the Wilton Alliance for a Healthy Community.

According to Patricia Sesto, chairman of the steering committee, this donation could not have come at a better time.

“Our state grant is nearly complete, leaving us with limited funds to pursue the daily tasks associated with this endeavor,” she said, adding that costs such as supplies, signage, and copies are critical to the work of the committee. “These items may seem small, but in fact they form the foundation that enables us to do our work to get the trail built,” she added. “We appreciate the flexibility of the Y’s gift”.

The contribution was made possible by a grant the Wilton Family Y received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Center to Combat Childhood Obesity, which supports local projects that promote physical activity and healthy eating. Over the past three years, the alliance has funded many initiatives in town (bike racks, wellness parks, etc.) including signs for the existing parts of the NRVT in Wilton.

Bob McDowell, Wilton Y executive director, said, “Construction of the trail will encourage people of all ages to increase their physical activity by walking, biking or strolling through a scenic area of town. This project is very much in keeping with the purpose of the grant.”

The NRVT is proposed as a 38-mile, multi-purpose trail linking Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to Rogers Park in Danbury. For more information, visit nrvt-trail.com or call Ms.  Sesto at patricia.sesto@wiltonct.org.

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