The expansion of the Southington portion of the linear trail took another step Saturday, opening officially to the public and extending the path another 2 miles to the Cheshire town line.
The trail now has more than 4 miles of walking and biking opportunities for area residents, running through the heart of Southington and downtown Plantsville. The trail is part of the Farmington Valley Canal Trail, which officials hope will one day run from New Haven to Northhampton, MA.
Over 50 people were on hand for the ribbon cutting.
“For a small town on a big recession, there has been a lot of ribbon cutting going on in Southington,” said Edward Pocock III, chairman of the Southington Town Council.
Art Secondo, president of the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce, talked about how the trail is a great addition and will bring commerce to town. The trail runs though the center of two thriving business districts, he said, and will soon be adjacent to the new addition of Greenway Commons development.