Middletown, Connecticut, may finally see the fruition of a $50,000 state grant awarded in 2007 to build a kayak and canoe launch site on the Coginchaug River. City officials are apparently close to applying for federal and state permits to begin the project, according to a report in The Courant.
According to 2 sources, engineering firm Indigo Land Designs has surveyed the area, which lies adjacent to the city’s recycling center and a capped landfill, and found that current plans will not harm any tidal wetlands or aquatic vegetation of concern. The plans in question include a 450’ path from the intersection at Johnson Street and North Main Street to the river, with a 100-square-foot dock or floating platform on the river from which to launch canoes and kayaks. A parking area would be created at the Remington Rand building or on the street.
Success of the plan will ultimately depend on the cooperation and support of the city’s Public Works Department, as well as the Mayor’s Office and Planning Department. The Jonah Center for Earth and Art, which has been a promoter of public river access and protection, and applied for the grant on behalf of the city, is hopeful that the city offices mentioned above will “remain committed to this popular public project”, and that construction of the launch will begin in spring 2012.