Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway Committee member Matt Blasavage serves appetizers during the committee's fundraiser at the Litchfield Distillery on Friday. BZ photos
The Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway Committee's third annual fundraiser was held at the Litchfield Distillery on Friday.
It was an evening to celebrate the latest success of the committee's relentless effort to create a 3-mile recreation trail linking Litchfield and Bantam. Friends President Cliff Cooper announced that a segment of the trail between Bissell Road and North Shore Road is expected to be completed by late fall. The stretch will include a pedestrian bridge over Butternut Brook.
"This phase is very exciting for us," Cooper told the crowd. "It will provide a trail that will allow walkers, runners and people on bicycle to get off Route 202 between Bissell Road and North Shore Road."
The process of seeking permits for the stretch of trail and bridge are underway, Cooper said.
Cooper thanked the Connecticut Community Foundation and the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation for providing grants for the upcoming project, private donors, the White Memorial Conservation Center, Eversource and the state for their support of the project.
Litchfield Distillery owners Jack and Pam Baker also drew praise from Cooper for donating the use of the facility and for being supportive of the greenway, which will run right past the distillery. Appetizers for the fundraiser were donated by Meraki.
Members of the Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway board of directors on hand for the festivities were Berta Andrulis Mette, Gwen Burgess, John Clock, Bill Jones, Ted Murphy, Matt Blasavage, Jeff Pratt and Steve Latour.
Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway President Cliff Cooper, left, Matt Andrulis Mette, center, and committee member Ted Murphy.
Bill Jones, a member of the committee, and his wife, Carol.
Laurie and Ted Murphy, left, with Selectman Jeffrey Zullo and his wife, Elaine.