CT Greenways award winners announced

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)  –  Five individuals, two committees and a non-profit organization have received Governor’s Greenways awards and two new Greenway were designated today at a ceremony at the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton.

The individuals award winners are Plainville Town Manager Robert E. Lee, Tony Chernolis of Hartford, Deborah Thibodeau of Simsbury. Ginny Hole of South Windsor and Barbara Amodio of Bolton.   The two committee’s are the Thompson Trails Committee and the Goodwin Trails Committee.  The non-profit is Simsbury Free Bike.  The two new Greenways are Riverfront Parks in Hartford and East Hartford, an extension of the CT River Greenway and the Quinebaug River Greenway extension in Griswold.

The Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Susan Whalen, says “Greenways continue to provide easy and safe trails, away from traffic, for people of all ages to enjoy.”   The Chairman of the CT Greenways Council, Bruce Donald, says “Connected trails running through municipalities are proven successes.  These facilities, by whatever name, have become integral to the concept of not just transportation, but community.   The have become the modern version of the village green, where people meet to socialize and have fun in a safe outdoor environment.”

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