The Farmington Valley Trails Council will hold its 9th annual Trail-wide Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday, April 15). Last year’s event drew more than 200 volunteers at six staging areas across eight Farmington Valley towns that encompass the estimated 22.4 (and growing) miles of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and the 10.2 miles of the Farmington River Trail. In prior years, volunteers have removed as much as 12 cubic yards of trash from the continuously paved miles from Farmington to Southwick, Mass.
FVTC President Barbara Collins has attended most of the Clean-Up Day events and is always impressed with the number of volunteers and their efforts to pick up every last piece of trash along the trails. In these years of tough budget decisions she knows that this event, along with continuous year-long efforts of our Adopt-a-Mile volunteers, is appreciated by the towns and the many users of the trails (over 300,000 a year).
Volunteers will cover a specific 1-mile stretch of the trail starting from one of six staging areas: Red Oak Hill Road in Farmington; Brickyard Road in Farmington; Sperry Park in Avon; Iron Horse Boulevard in Simsbury; Copper Hill Road in East Granby; and the River Trail Pavilion at RT 4 in Unionville. It is requesting that volunteers bring gloves, brooms, rakes, clippers, protective clothing and sunscreen. All volunteers are invited to a free barbeque after the Clean-Up at Flamig Farm (flamigfarm.com) in Simsbury from noon to 3 p.m.
Please see fchtrail.org for volunteer registration, donations and membership.