NORWALK, Conn. – A total of 50 people came together Sunday to walk Norwalk's nascent Harbor Loop Trail in the second big livability event of the weekend. They got a chance to walk a trail that has been on the books in the harbor plan for more than 30 years, according to Mike Mushak. Every time there is major construction on a harborfront property, another segment gets built.
Mushak and Deborah Lewis led the way, showing the amazing work that has been done over more than three decades to build this trail piece-by-piece. The pieces that have been built are stunning, offering sweeping harbor views, but they are hidden gems. A few missing segments prevent Norwalk from having a full loop.
In introducing Norwalkers to the trail, Harbor Loop supporters are rallying the public support necessary to keep its completion a city priority. The big barrier to completing the trail is not money but bureaucratic inertia. There are surveys to be completed and state environmental approvals to be secured. These can be done quickly or slowly. In the interest of the economic vitality of Norwalk, our city and state representatives should be doing all they can to fast-track the process.