A new easy-to-use guide to the town’s open spaces will make your outdoor adventures in Orange that much easier. When planning a stroll through quiet woodlands, hiking a trail overlooking a winding river, exploring a hardwood forest, ice skating in winter or fishing in summer, all the information you need now is available in one handy reference. You may get yours at the Orange Country Fair in the Civic Tent.
“A Guide to the Open Spaces of Orange, Connecticut” is a full-color brochure for maximum enjoyment of the town’s 1,000 acres of public open space.
It provides useful information including trail maps, brief descriptions of each sites, facilities, hours, even GPS addresses for the parking areas. The 18 x 24 guide folds into a convenient pocket-sized tool. It features a town map indicating the locations of all of the passive and active open spaces, and charts showing available and permitted uses at each site.
While a few pamphlets had been developed for some of the locations, there was no single reference that covered all of the passive open space sites. Developing a comprehensive guide became a project of the Senior Leadership Program Class of 2012, sponsored by the Community Services Department. Team members Marty Stofik, Robb McCorkle, Robert Sigler and Helen Vasil worked closely with the Orange Conservation Commission, the Orange Land Trust and town departments to compile all of the information.
The guide was published with the assistance of grants from the Orange Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Orange, Orange Community Women, and the Orange Land Trust. Copies will be available at Case Memorial Library, the Orange Parks and Recreation office and the Orange Chamber of Commerce. If organizations or businesses would like copies to distribute to their members or customers, they should contact Dennis Marsh, Senior Services coordinator, at 203-891-4789.