History of Waterbury Naugatuck River Greenway Project Development

  • 2005 - The City’s New Plan of Conservation and Development identifies a greenway along the Naugatuck River as a development priority. Waterbury’s Office of the Mayor and the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission partner to apply for an Environmental Review Team (ERT) study of the Naugatuck River banks’ suitability for a public greenway. ERT application approved.
  • June 2006 - A CT ERT  study of possible greenway with a paved multi-use trail along the Naugatuck River is completed.

  • April 2007 - The City of Waterbury submits a request to Senator Lieberman for assistance in the redirection of $4 million in federal 2005 SAFETEA-LU High Priority Project funding to the building of a greenway along the Naugatuck River.

  • June 6, 2008 - The Federal SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act is signed by President Bush with revisions that authorize Waterbury to receive $4,215,000 million for the City’s Naugatuck River Greenway.

  • October 2008 - The City of Waterbury Office of the Mayor creates 17-member Greenway Advisory Committee (GAC).

  • Fall 2008 – The United Way of Greater Waterbury grants the Waterbury Development Corporation (WDC) $235,926 to retain a consultant to perform a routing/feasibility study for the future Naugatuck River Greenway.

  • Spring 2009 - WDC retains Alta Planning and Design to perform the Routing and Feasibility Study.

  • April 2009 - The first public visioning meeting is held at Kennedy High School.   Approximately 120 persons attend.

  • February 2010 - The Waterbury Naugatuck River Greenway Routing and Feasibility Study is completed.

  • April 2010 - Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez tours greenway route along the River along with Congressman Christopher Murphy, the City and members of the public.

  • May 2010 - Kick-off meeting with CT DOT takes place.

  • June 2010 - The nonprofit Friends of the Waterbury Greenway, Inc. meets for first time.

  • 2010 -  Greenway Advisory  Committee member Miriam Niederman makes a donation of 7.10 acres of land abutting the river at the corner of Platts Mills Road and South Main Street to the City of Waterbury for development as the Greenway’s trailhead park

  • 2010- City is awarded a federal Surface Transportation Priority grant for $974,000.

  • December 2010 - The City is awarded $525,000 from CT DEP as a SEP project (Supplementary Environmental Project.

  • December 2010 - The Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association awards Waterbury’s Greenway Advisory Committee a Public Service Award for recognition of a successful public planning effort in spearheading public outreach.

  • 2011 - WDC is awarded $80,000 through CT DEEP Recreational Trails and Greenways Program Grant to install planking on trestle bridge near Waterbury Industrial Commons for use of the bridge by greenway users.

  • February 2011 - The Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) sponsors and holds the first Naugatuck River Forum to address sustainable development and regional greenway plans along the Naugatuck River.

  • Spring 2011- The RBA Group is selected by the City through a public bidding process to design/engineer the Waterbury Naugatuck River Greenway.

  • November 2011 - Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar releases the Department of Interior’s America’s Great Outdoors: 50 State Report which identifies the Naugatuck River Greenway as one of the best 100 outdoor projects in the nation.

  • March 27, 2012 - City and state execute a contract for greenway project.

  • Spring 2012 – The City is awarded federal Transportation Enhancement funding in the amount of $880,000 for construction of a cantilevered segment of the greenway behind businesses on South Main Street.

  • September 27, 2012 - City and RBA Group execute a contract for greenway.

  • October 2012 to Fall 2014 - The City of Waterbury and Valley towns are granted Technical Assistance from the National Park Service (NPS) for the planning of the regional Naugatuck River Greenway. John Monroe, Director of Rhode Island and CT projects is assigned to the Naugatuck River Greenway Project as advisor.

  • April 2013 - The City is awarded $139,000 grant-in-aid from State of Connecticut to assist in meeting federal grant match requirements.

  • Spring/Summer 2013 - The City begins work with RBA on plans to include the greenway as a component of an active transportation project that will extend the greenway, making active transportation connections to the Train Station and the downtown and incentivizing redevelopment of the City’s downtown riverfront, industrial river corridor and underutilized acres around the Train Station.

  • December 2013 - The nonprofit Friends of the Waterbury Greenway, Inc. is awarded $500,000 from the United Way of Greater Waterbury for use in funding preliminary design and engineering plans of  the Phase I extension concepts.