Naugatuck River Greenway Map Book
COGCNV is working on a map book of the entire length of
the Naugatuck River and proposed Greenway trails.
National Park Service
AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS & WATERBURY ON WHEELS
Was a Great Success!
On September 23, 2012, events were held all along the
Naugatuck River to celebrate the successes and potential of the Naugtauck
River Greenway. A team of 45 elite cyclists from the Waterbury Y
rode from Torrington to Derby, stopping in every community. At these
events, elected officials and greenway advocates celebrated recently
completed or potential greenway elements, such as riverwalks, trails,
river restoration projects, boat launches, fishing access and riverfront
The highlight of the day were a ribbon cutting on Beacon Falls' first piece of the Naugatuck River Greenway and the Waterbury on Wheels family bicycle day on The Green.
Below you will find background information about
America’s Great Outdoors.
Right now, relatively few people appreciate the beauty, wildlife and
vitality of the Naugatuck River. Even though the river runs through eleven
towns and cities, it’s not always easy to see. The outdated reputation of
the river as a smelly, multi-color open sewer distracts many people from
seeing two decades of improvement. We believe that once valley residents
(especially families and young people) know about the river and more
access is created to walk and enjoy the riverfront, people will flock to
Regional Naugatuck River Greenway Routing Study
COGCNV conducted a routing study for the Naugatuck River Greenway through the towns of Beacon Falls, Naugatuck, Watertown, and Thomaston. The study is part of an effort to build a 44-mile multiuse recreational trail along the Naugatuck River from Torrington to Derby, Connecticut. This study:
Identified important destinations that should be connected to the greenway.
Researched potential issues along various portions of the greenway.
Recommended a precise route for the greenway.
Provided greenway cost estimates.
Recommended phasing for construction.
The product of this study include stand-alone reports for each of the four towns, as well as a regional report that encompasses the recommendations for the entire greenway in the Central Naugatuck Valley region. The regional report incorporate the recommendations of the individual reports listed above, as well as Waterbury Development Corporation’s Waterbury Greenway Study (completed in February 2010).
COGCNV hired a consultant team, led by Alta Planning + Design, to complete the routing study. The routing study was approved by COGCNV in December 2010.
Naugatuck River Forum
On February 24, 2011 the Connecticut Community Foundation along with Rivers Alliance convened a day long forum on the Naugatuck River. The forum brought together officials and members of the public from the entire river valley to share experiences and knowledge about environmental, recreational, economic development, and policy issues along the Naugatuck River including the Naugatuck River Greenway. The handouts below list activities, organizations, and projects active along the Naugatuck River.
Naugatuck River Forum Handouts:
- Naugatuck River Projects
- Recreation, Education, and Conservation Activities Along the River
- Naugatuck River Organizations