Last Chance: Hiking Rocky Hill Presentation

Rocky Hill hiker and parks and recreation director will discuss where residents can find the best spots to explore in town.


We all do it. We all forget to mark our calendars for special events in our daily lives. So Patch created a weekly feature that highlights a community deadline that is quickly approaching. This week, the Last Chance column highlights the "Hiking Rocky Hill" presentation at the on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Hiker Ed Chiucarello will be joined by Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Zerio as they discuss the many places in Rocky Hill to hike and explore.

The local activist has lead residents on hikes throughout town including and parks. He is expected to lead hikes at Bulkeley Park and the Great Meadows in the near future. According to the library release, "there are 1,500 acres of town-owned land," on which residents can hike on. 

Chiucarello has been recently cleaning the with a group of volunteers. The volunteers have , leveled some trails, filled in erosion and fixed artifacts in the park.

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Councilor Tim Moriarty is expected to build a kiosk for the state archaeological preserve in the next few weeks, according to an email from Chiucarello this weekend. The town is preparing a site on Old Forge Road for the mulch piles to be moved to. Town employees are also improving the parking lot, installing a guardrail and working on grading, Chiucarello added in the email. A local boy scout is looking at a design for a proposed bridge on the site.

Chiucarello has to set aside funding for Dividend Park in the . The funding needed would be $3,000 to $5,000 to build two bridges and kiosks as well as add signage to the state archaeological preserve.

Accoridng to Chiucarello's email, the following items still need to be completed: 

  • Blaze trails
  • Pick up litter (especially the huge pile of metal near upper pond)
  • Make sure all trails are open and passable.

A grand opening for Dividend Park is planned for June 2 to celebrate Connecticut Trails Day. The public would be invited to the event that starts at 9:30 a.m. and Chiucarello would lead a hike through the trail loop.

Volunteers will be cleaning up the Dividend Pond Trails and Archaeological District from 8 a.m. to noon on May 19 and 26. Anyone interested in helping with the Dividend Park cleanup is asked to contact Chiucarello, by emailing him at lexarded@cox.net.

The "Hiking Rocky Hill" presentation is free of charge. Anyone interested in participating in the program, should register by calling 860-258-7623 or by visiting the library’s website.

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