Canal Trail Opens Early

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Photo by Lester Smith

The first Saturday of April was great for being outside, and the parking lot at the Windsor Locks Canal Trail was full, with the overflow lined up at the side of Canal Road. At this northernmost bench along the towpath, some folks were sitting to enjoy a good view of the wild daffodils and the fast-flowing river, while others walked the trail.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection decided to open the Windsor Locks Canal Trail a few weeks early this year in response to the viral emergency.  Reportedly, there are no active eagle’s nests along the trail right now, and one can assume that was part of the reason.  Whatever the reason, it was a happy decision, as folks hereabouts were ready to get out and enjoy a normal spring day.  

Walkers and cyclists found it difficult to maintain the proper social distance on the trail, but many were wearing protective masks, which helps control the COVID-19 spread.  

The members of the Friends of the Windsor Locks Canal, and especially their late president Steve Sorrow, who led the creation of that volunteer organization, are due our thanks for their efforts in maintaining the Canal Trail, with the help of Town crews from both Suffield and Windsor Locks and DEEP, as well as the cooperation of the Ahlstrom-Munksjö division, formerly Dexter, which owns the canal itself.

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