WALLINGFORD — The annual outdoor work party along the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail is scheduled to return this year with public participation.
The volunteer event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 24. The rain date is Nov. 7.
The group’s annual trail maintenance work party last fall was closed to the public due to COVID-19.
The work includes light maintenance spanning the entire linear trail, which begins at Community Lake Park on Hall Avenue and runs north to Fireworks Island.
The Town Council recently approved $70,000 to design the final portion of the linear trail connection from Hall Avenue to Main Street in Yalesville.
Cathy Granucci, co-chairperson of the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail advisory committee, said Monday that several of the volunteers who have signed up so far are students seeking community service hours.
She said that it’s always good when a lot of students turn out because they get familiar with the trail.
“They’re hands-on with the earth and the world, and off their cell phones,” she said. “Their parents usually come with them, so it's really a very good thing for community service and for the trail.”
New volunteers also can observe how the committee works.
“We are always looking for new members,” Granucci said, “and we always mention that we're looking to build a team that can continue this, when the core group is no longer doing it. They get a view on how that works as well.”
She said the event usually draws a mix of men and women, and people of all ages.
Maintenance this year includes cutting back overgrowth and working on the labyrinth — a decorative feature on the ground made of stone. It was created by visiting AmeriCorps volunteers in 2002 and is located about 100 feet off the main path.
Volunteers are to meet at the Community Lake Park pavilion and bring yard tools, gloves and water bottles. Committee members will provide trash bags and refreshments by Neil’s Donuts.
Participants should bring a face mask to wear, in case they’re assigned to a group with people outside of their household.
For more information call Cathy Granucci at 203-314-5665 or Elaine Doherty at 203-631-7523.