One of my children used this trail to bike to work last summer and had a very bad bicycle accident on the trail due to the knotweed! It caught in her bicycle and knocked her over; she was injured and is permanently scarred as a result. That same night our family went and spent an hour or so trimming all the knotweed back ourselves last July. Obviously it's time to do so again ....
Why would it be open regularly? Nonofficial vehicles driving into/through the park seems unnecessary and unwanted. Vehicular access to the parking area (not the park drive) near the tennis and basketball courts, and skatepark, is available off West Rock Avenue, just around the corner.
I saw many such postings driving through Westville today. People should check their street trees for notices!
I drive through this intersection all the time. Seems fine. What are you saying the problem is?
As a longtime Forest Rd. resident, I must reluctantly agree with Not Yet. If you're at Willard, you're not that far from Fountain. That is the place to cross safely with children, and where drivers will (one hopes) be more likely to look for pedestrians.
Mrs. Welbourne, I'm so sorry to read about what happened to you. How appalling! What has your contact with the NHPD yielded?
Which direction on Edgewood, going up the hill on Edgewood, or down? Up is west and down is east. Probably the direction this is most needed is for the uphill/westbound traffic. I live near there and can usually manage to make left turns (though not always on the first green cycle), though it would feel much safer with an arrow. An arrow would protect westbound left-turners from drivers who come flying around the blind curve on Edgewood Way. Similarly, a left turn arrow would protect those turning left coming eastbound from Edgewood Way from the not-always visible cars that are just cresting the hill. It's an extremely busy and somewhat dangerous intersection with a lot of speeders and red light runners. Things have improved, however, since the left turn arrow going north was installed and the lights timed with a pause between red and green. Another left turn arrow would be another helpful safety feature.
Please do! This is a problem throughout the city. If landowners kept the trees trimmed, they'd be doing their neighborhoods a favor.
Yes! I have seen actual accidents, as well as near-accidents, frequently over many years. In addition, if the crossing guard is at all conscientious, he or she puts him- or herself into harm's way many times daily.
That's too bad! Though I'm surprised; I've never had trouble reaching a person at the Parks Dept. during business hours. Just to be sure, are these the numbers you're trying? 203-946-8027 or 203-946-8020.
We saw this event as we drove past on Chapel St. on Sunday; it was huge. All the city's large parks suffer from this problem (though this time sounds severe). Parks Dept. will tell you they are not staffed to supervise such events ... though any large event should have a permit, and included in the price of that one might hope there'd be the cost of security, and possibly cleanup? In any case, city children, families, citizens, and school sports teams are supposed to have priority for use of clean, safe parks ... but as long as New Haven permits large festive gatherings and does not require or enforce cleanup (or supply sufficient trash containers), city children, families, citizens, and sports teams will continue to be greeted by grassless, garbage-filled, glass-strewn open spaces with trash cans that are being used, but are overflowing. And that doesn't even begin to cover the poor drainage in many parks. Last fall, area schools shamed the city by refusing to play Wilbur Cross soccer teams at Rice Field in East Rock Park due to poor field conditions that bordered on dangerous for student-athletes. It's a shame. We have great parks that should be open for sports and festive events ... but not ruined by them.
Yes, they've been on Forest Rd., too.
This is terrible! What in the world ...? Thanks for doing the right thing, MVW1225.
Well said, Marisa.
And when Sherman does get a green, it is too short, at least during busy traffic hours.
This problem has also been listed here: http://seeclickfix.com/issues/193575-tree-trimming
Large tree branch is not on Yale Ave.; it is blocking the park access road alongside the Edgewood Ave. bridge and has been for about two weeks.
Sorry to hear that. Don't let the X$(+ get you down.
Many intersections in Westville have a new type of sensor system to help figure out when a red light should turn green--look up and you will see a white tube mounted up high and aimed toward where the first car would wait at a red light. This is NOT a red light violation camera. Instead, it replaces the pressure-sensitive plates that used to be in the road at where the first car would wait at a red light (you can see those, too: look like metal wires embedded in the asphalt).