NEW MILFORD — The completion of the long-awaited riverside park at Young’s Field will be celebrated at an inaugural event on June 17.

The New Milford River Trail Association will host the celebration from 3 to 5 p.m.. The rain date is June 18.

The riverfront revitalization project included stabilizing the eroding riverbank and removing dead trees and invasive species, which blocked views of the river for decades. The project also included native plantings and the construction of a paved 10-foot trail for strollers, joggers and cyclists, a kayak launch and a fishing dock, all within view of the historic downtown village.

The celebration will feature a “wheels parade” for people of all ages, starting at 3 p.m. To participate, decorate a bicycle, tricycle, wagon, wheelchair or any human-powered vehicle with wheels. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative contraptions.

Other events include a dog parade led by Barkery Boutique, starting at town hall on Main Street at 2:15 p.m.; a display of custom bikes by Rob Wotzak; a flotilla of kayaks, canoes and rowers being organized by Seamus McKeon; a fishing demonstration by Scott McKay; a ceramic art mosaic project with the Village Center for the

Arts; music by D.J. Dan Stra; and more.

The project was funded by private and public entities, including the the Housatonic River Natural Resource Damage Trustee Council, representing the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; New Milford’s Landfill Settlement Fund; and local businesses and residents during a six-week fundraising campaign last fall.

Plans include extending the new riverside trail both north and south to create a 13-mile trail. In the north, it would link up to the existing five-mile New Milford River Trail, which runs from Boardman Road through Sega Meadows Park along River Road to Gaylordsville. To the south, the trail would eventually link up with the Still River Greenway in Brookfield.

Parking for the inaugural celebration is limited along Young’s Field Road, with a road closure beginning at 3 p.m. More parking will be available at the parking lot accessed from Bridge Street behind the railroad station on Patriot’s Way.

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