Bicycles roll on new trail at Sega Meadows Park
A dozen or more youths fidgeted alongside their bicycles as the adults took center stage for a few minutes on Aug. 14 at Sega Meadows Park in New Milford.
The occasion was a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to christen the bike trail that weaves its way through the pristine, wooded acres of the town-owned park in the Boardman district of town.
Moments after thank you's had been said -- and Mayor Pat Murphy and bicycling aficionado Jake O'Brien had cut the ribbon -- Jake and the other youths, and a few energetic adults, were off to explore the trail.
The bike trail has actually been open for many months at Sega Meadows but the ribbon-cutting afforded officials the chance to recognize the efforts of New Milford Parks & Recreation, the Boy Scouts and many volunteers who helped make the trail a reality.
"It's such a great place to ride your bike, bring your dog for a walk, just enjoy," Eleanor Covelli, the assistant director of New Milford Parks & Recreation, said earlier this year. "We're looking at how we can make it more accessible to people with amenities and new trails that loop and link."
The park is under the auspices of New Milford Parks & Recreation on land given the town by the late Art Sega, a prominent businessman and civic activist who died in 2009.
Parking is available at the River Road entrance or in the parking lot on the Route 7 side of the old Boardman bridge.
-- Norm Cummings