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Farmington Residents Invited to Give Input on Trails

Community conversation will be held Oct. 3 at the Community and Senior Center.

Farmington residents are invited to join in a community conversation about the town’s trails, public and private, sponsored by the town.

The evening, to be held Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Community and Senior Center, is intended to find out how residents use the town’s trails, their opinions on them and to get residents’ input on what they’d like to see in the future.

The idea originated with Town Council member John Vibert, who asked that the meeting be added to the town’s strategic goals.

“I’m looking for information about what the trails are, what the plans are, I want to know how people feel about the trails and what they want,” Vibert said by phone Friday. “When I ran for the Town Council three years ago I talked to a lot of people who really treasure the trails and want to see them expanded.

Vibert said a new trail is being planned off Town Farm Road, thanks to the suggestion of a resident, and more opportunities may exist.

The Oct. 3 program will begin with a presentation by Russ Arnold, Farmington Public Works director, which will detail the town’s current inventory of trails as well as discuss plans for expansion and improvement. 

The conversation will include Farmington’s Rails to Trials, which has a plan for expansion into Plainville, as well as the Metacomet trails, those in the Farmington Memorial Forest and any others residents bring up.

“Over the last 10 to 15 years, the town has been pretty active in open space acquisition. When you get a parcel of land, that’s one of the things you can do with it for passive recreation, is put a trail in,” Vibert said.  

Who does the maintenance on Farmington’s trails will be another subject of the discussion, and how much is necessary. Currently the town makes repairs along the Rails to Trails areas, while volunteers pick up litter.

“For any Farmington resident who hikes, bikes or walks, this evening is a must. This is an opportunity to learn about Farmington’s trails, to comment on your experiences with the trails, and to provide your thoughts about their future,” says a press release from the town on the event. The Community and Senior Center is at 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville.

Kay Higgins September 17, 2012 at 02:27 PM
It might be nice to have a dedicated pet area, somewhere in town. Over the years, I've seen many dog owners allowing their dogs to "use" playgrounds for more than just excercise. I know, however, that some breeds need more space than our shrinking yards can offer. A few strategically placed, fenced in spaces would be so wonderful for these pets and their owners!
Jack R. September 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Love the town's trails. Any expansion of them is welcome. Good to hear the Plainville extension is in the works.
Lorren Pogson September 27, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Dogs often use the farmers' fields as a toilet which is extremely disrespectful of the farmers' hard work, personal space (yes we pay for it) and negatively impacts the health and well-being of the workers as well as the quality of the product. With all of the concerns across the country of having contaminated food (salmonella, e- coli etc.) which are often feces related/poor hygiene and water quality issues, there is no reason why people should allow their dogs to defecate amongst our food crops. Running through the fields are another issue for people and pets. I observe people and animals moving through the fields in and around the crops daily. People need to realize that they and their animals help to spread disease amongst the crops. During a season like this past one where we had significant periods of rain fall combined with high humidity, we had crop disease issues. All it takes to destroy a crop is someone, or an animal to walk across contaminated soil, or brush against a contaminated plant and walk through the rest of the field and contaminate the rest of the crop. That's a lot of time, money and hard work down the drain because someone decided to take a short cut- farmers don't have an income if they don’t have a product to sell. No income means less income to spend in town, or anywhere and further perpetuates the poor economy. I love that people are getting outside and appreciating the beauty that we have but please be respectful.
Lorren Pogson September 27, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Also bear in mind that some areas contain sensitive habitat and wildlife species which will decline if exposed to significant human and animal traffic. In other words- not every inch of land should be opened up for 'trails'. We like to look at the wildlife, but they don't always appreciate it. There's no sense in conserving if you're not going to protect as well.

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