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Haddam Trail Network. An introduction and a future. Haddam Trails. > 50 Miles of Mapped Trails 42 trailheads Ownership State of Connecticut – Cockaponset Forest CT Forest and Park Association - Blue Blazed Trails RSD 17- Haddam Elementary Land Trust - Swan Hill Haddam Land Trust .

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Haddam trail network

Haddam Trail Network

An introduction and a future


Haddam trails

Haddam Trails

  • > 50 Miles of Mapped Trails

  • 42 trailheads

  • Ownership

    • State of Connecticut – Cockaponset Forest

    • CT Forest and Park Association - Blue Blazed Trails

    • RSD 17- Haddam Elementary Land Trust - Swan Hill

    • Haddam Land Trust


Cockaponset state forest north

CockaponsetState Forest North


Cockaponset state forest south

CockaponsetState Forest South


Haddam trail network

HES


Haddam land trust

Haddam Land Trust

  • Trails

  • Bamforth (21)

  • Nedobity (15)

  • Ponsett Ridge (20)

  • Saraceno (9)


Miller s pond

Miller’s Pond


Future trails higganum loop

Future Trails – Higganum Loop


Haddam s economic challenge

Haddam’s Economic Challenge

  • Average Appraised Value of Single Family Home in Haddam = $ 237,500

  • Average Assessed Value of Single Family Home in Haddam = $154,375

  • Average Tax Paid by Home Owner=$4,368

  • Average Children per Home = .48

  • Average Cost of Education for Each Child in Haddam=$13,537, Which Equals = $6,497 per Household

    Where is the $6496 difference coming from?


Trails and haddam s economic development sustainment

Trails and Haddam’s Economic Development (Sustainment)

  • Loss of CT Yankee

  • Where does Haddam make up shortfall?

    • Raise Taxes or Lower Spending (Schools)

  • Trend from Haddam Visioning Sessions

  • 1% of land set aside for commercial

  • 0.8% zoned for industrial use

  • Commercial Development of Village Center


Benefits of trails to towns

Benefits of Trails to Towns

  • Nearby (convenient) opportunities for active and healthy lifestyle.

  • Safe for pedestrians

  • Increased awareness of natural surroundings

  • Non-motorized corridor connecting parts of the town.


Economic benefits of trails

Economic Benefits of Trails

  • Increase in property values near trails

  • Attracts new businesses and employees

    • 2nd most important community amenity out of 18 choices (Mountain Bay Trail – Brown County, WI)

  • Increase in spending

    • $13.54 per person per visit in town on food, beverages and transportation (Ohio Miami Trail) – ($4 -$30)

    • $277/year average per person in region on clothes, equipment and accessories.

  • If trail is centrally connected, can lead to reinvestment in downtown.

  • A destination trail can bring in a significant number of outside users (depending on quality of trail, can be 5% to 70% non-local).


Key trails

Key Trails

  • Cove Wharf Road (Nosal Road)

    • Higganum Cove

  • Higganum Village Loop

  • Swan Hill

  • Railway from Tylerville through Haddam ??


Next steps

Next Steps

  • DEP Grant submitted in August for $22,000

    • Web Site

    • Trailhead Markings

    • Interpretative Signs

  • Future Steps

    • Central Kiosk map

    • Printed Trail Maps

    • Best use for unused railroad from Tylerville to Middletown

    • Development of connector trails

      • Need active research into where trails are needed

      • Right of Ways

      • Donations to Haddam Land Trust

    • Finish Higganum Loop


Sample web map

Sample Web Map


How can you help

How can you help?

  • Use the trails

    • Receive email with links to all maps

    • Spread the word

  • Receive updates on trails – sign up sheet

  • Volunteer to work on trail development


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