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EAST COAST GREENWAY BIKE TRAIL COMES TO OSA

The railroad passed in front of Old St. Andrew’s Parish at least 100 years ago. Later, Connecticut Route 189 was constructed and travelers no longer saw the church building.  This development was good and bad for Old St. Andrews.  Old St. Andrew’s was hidden in plain sight right next to the intersection of CT Route 187 and 189.  On the one hand, we were a difficult church to find for visitors and those looking for a church home.  On the other hand, OSA’s surroundings were unspoiled by development and remained beautiful and serene.  This situation of the church being hidden off the state highway led to our church tagline as “A Church Worth Finding.”

Now, there is great news.  OSA is entering a new period in its 275 year old history!   The East Coast Greenway will be coming to OSA.  In 2015, the Town of Bloomfield approved construction of the bike trail section from Windsor to Bloomfield ending with OSA as a tourist destination!  In May 2016, the Town of Simsbury received a grant for fundings to connect the portion of the bike trail to the Tariffville, Simsbury portion of the East Coast Greenway. Construction is anticipated late this summer to early fall 2016.

Read about the East Coast Greenway and the latest news articles in the links are below:

Connecticut

Connecticut Committee

Click here for Farmington Valley Press May 5 article on Rails to Trail connector