Shelton’s Rec Path and Greenway wins statewide praise

Accepting the 2013 Excellence in Conservation Award are Rich Skudlarek, Sandie Kopac, Sheri Dutkanicz, Bill Dyer, Joe Welsh and Bruce Nichols. This photo was taken by Teresa Gallagher, city conservation agent, who prepared and submitted the application that led to the statewide award.


Members of the Shelton Conservation Commission, Shelton Trails Committee and Shelton Land Trust traveled to Wesleyan University in Middletown on March 23 to accept the 2013 Excellence in Conservation Award from the Connecticut Land Conservation Trust.

The award was for the “successful creation and completion of the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path and Greenway: 1992 to 2012.” The project was initiated by the Conservation Commission, and supported by city leaders, residents and countless volunteers.

The nonprofit Shelton Land Trust built a section of the recreation path through its property off Lane Street. This part of the path includes a 120-foot boardwalk constructed by volunteers.


Connects downtown with Huntington Center

A close-up view of the award given to Shelton.

The project was exceptional in that the city of Shelton did not own the various properties required for the greenway or have any source of funding for the proposed 4-mile handicapped-accessible rec path when it was proposed in 1992 to connect downtown Shelton with Huntington Center.

The Shelton Lakes Recreation Path is a multi-use trail commonly called the “rec path,” while the Shelton Lakes Greenway is the name of the 450-plus-acre park or greenspace corridor through which the rec path and other trails pass through.

The Shelton Lakes Recreation Path.