Transforming a neighborhood: The Quinnipiac River walking trail

Experts from the Urban Resources Institute of Yale's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies worked with local community groups in Fair Haven to transform the neighborhoods along New Haven's historic Quinnipiac River into what is now described as one of the most charming and livable areas of the city.

Experts from the Urban Resources Institute at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES) have worked with local community groups in Fair Haven to transform the neighborhoods along New Haven’s historic Quinnipiac River into what is now described as one of the most charming and livable areas of the city.

As pollution controls have improved the environmental health of the Quinnipiac River and its associated estuaries, the riverbanks and parks now attract large numbers of strollers, kayakers, naturalists, fishermen, and recreational boaters. 

Through careful planning and consultation with neighborhood residents, Yale F&ES graduate students and urban design experts from the Urban Resources Institute developed roadway and park planning strategies that have improved public access points to the river and riverside parks, while also providing “traffic calming” features that make the area safer for both pedestrians and drivers alike.

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