A $125,000 grant from a Wilton family will turn a plan on paper into a nuts and bolts reality as work on a “demonstration” section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail is expected to begin in Wilton by December.The grant is actually a challenge grant, issued by the Fink Foundation, headed by Jesse and Betsy Fink. It is intended as seed money to attract other donors to contribute to the overall cost of the “east-side” portion of the eight-mile Wilton Loop, which is estimated at $1.6 million and is to be raised through private donations and grants.
“What we like to do is be a catalyst and a seed, a seed in the woods as it were. We come in early and encourage others to get behind the project,” Mr. Fink said on Friday. “We are hoping by giving catalytic funding others will get behind it quickly and it will gain momentum.”