At Tabor: Trail Walk Sat. Jan. 5

Interested residents last came out to walk the Tabor property in March 2012, during a town-sponsored walk of the site where a new Public Works Facility is proposed to be built.
Interested residents last came out to walk the Tabor property in March 2012, during a town-sponsored walk of the site where a new Public Works Facility is proposed to be built. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

At a time when a proposal to build a Public Works Facility on town-owned Tabor land is a hotly- contested town topic, the Shoreline Greenway Trail is hosting a public walk of the property and its Tabor Trail, this Sat. Jan. 5, at 10 a.m.

Branford Second Selectman Andrew Campbell, a proponent of building Public Works on Tabor land, will be on hand to talk about the "recreational possibilities" of the property, according to an invitation issued by the Shoreline Greenway Trail.

The walk is part of the New Haven-to-Madison 25-mile trail system's "First Saturday" winter walking program. But by inviting Campbell along this time, this "First Saturday" walk will likely attract not only hikers, but those both in favor and opposed to having a new Public Works Facility built on 10 acres of the 77-acre parcel.

The invitation on the Shoreline Greenway Trail website reads as follows:

"Winter 2013 "First Saturday" Walk Jan. 5 10 a.m in Branford

Join us along the TABOR TRAIL with Andy Campbell, Branford's 2nd Selectman, to explore wonderful recreational possibilities of Branford's Tabor property. We start at Tilcon Drive and walk east through the lovely woods skirting CHET'S POND. Shortly before the Greenway Trail crosses Pine Orchard Rd, we will join our unique Branford Trail, looping around west, walking to the top of the closed landfill for views of Long Island Sound, Branford River, and the town. Parking at Tabor Lutheran Church on Tabor Drive. From Main Street, take Montowese Street south. Shortly after you go under the railroad bridge, turn left onto Tabor Drive. Pass church, parking lot on your right. Open to the public. Just show up. Wear sturdy shoes. Leashed dogs welcome For more information, contact Judy Miller, Branford Team chair, at 203-481-3870 or email branford@shorelinegreenwaytrail. SNOW OR RAIN? Check www.shorelinegreenwaytrail.org"

As previously reported, on Dec. 15, First Selectman Anthony "Unk" DaRos shared a new Master Plan of the Tabor property, showing recreational ball fields to be built together with a new Public Works Facility. The facility would be the first item to be installed on the property should the plan be developed. DaRos has said public discussion of the proposal will continue.

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