Cheshire police ask public to report violations on linear trail

Cheshire police ask public to report violations on linear trail

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CHESHIRE — Police want users of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail to report violations such as all-terrain vehicles.

One trail user posted a picture on social media Tuesday of two people riding an ATV on the trail.

Recreation Department Director Josh Medeiros said only biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, walking, running and in-line skating are allowed. He said there are few problems and trail users are diligent in reporting violations, including vandalism.

“We would have police make a presence at the trails if necessary,” Medeiros said.

Parks department workers  also report any potential violations or problems, he said.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Pichnarcik said police routinely patrol the trail on bicycles during spring and summer, when it is most heavily used. The department also responds to complaints, although officers won’t chase ATV riders.

“It’s not worth the risk for what the violation is,” Pichnarcik said.

Riders can enter the trail from neighboring towns. A police presence does provide a deterrent, Pichnarcik said.

Residents who notice violations should call police or report on the department’s Facebook page.

“Call us, that’s what we’re here for,” he said.

Public Works Director George Noewatne said state crews are expected to finish the last portion of the trail between Cornwall Avenue and West Main Street in October. 

“Everything I’ve seen, they’re making good progress. It could be a little earlier,” he said.

Much of that stretch is raised boardwalk since the trail crosses through wetlands. Once completed, Cheshire will have about eight miles of trails connecting to other towns and cities.

“We’re looking forward to getting it online,” Noewatne said.

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