Walking paths could knit town together

A proposed walkway between the Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club and The Elms condominiums could provide another recreation option for walkers and joggers in town.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi briefly mentioned the idea to the Planning and Zoning Commission at a recent meeting.

Marconi said a resident had approached him about “an idea to create an in-town walkway from the Boys and Girls Club that will follow the brook, where it surfaces … [and] come out behind The Elms … we’re going to need some private property participation at that endpoint.”

Marconi said the pathway would be dirt, not paved, for pedestrians and dog-walkers.

Marconi said he plans to bring the idea up during the Planning and Zoning Commission’s listening session, a public hearing, on June 18.

“We also have one we may want to do from Main Street over to Grove Street — there would be good connectors — but we’d certainly need a lot of participation and a private property owner,” Marconi said.

Other trails are envisioned from the Parks and Recreation building to the Rail Trail, which would have to be built with the help of Charter Home Partners, the builders of the 77 Sunset Lane condominium complex, and a route that would run parallel to Ligi’s Way and include a section of boardwalk in the great swamp.

“It would be parallel with Ligi’s Way,” Marconi said, with a section of boardwalk that would “cantilever out to the Great Swamp side… ending at Farmingville Road.”

That pathway would require about $1.5 million in state funding to complete.

“That’s still on the drawing board,” Marconi added. “It’s state money. Hopefully it’ll get bonded.”