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Mountain Bike Trail being proposed in Bethel

A Mountain Bike Trail is being proposed in Bethel.  New England Mountain Bike Association Board Member and Bethel resident Michaela Lawlor presented the idea to the Board of Selectmen last month for the area of the Terre Haute property.  She hopes to connect Bethel, Redding, Ridgefield and Danbury by having trails lead to Tarrywile Park and the Ives Trail.  She says this would have recreation, public health and social benefits.  Lawlor noted that there would also be a positive economic impact by boosting tourism and visitors.  Bethel would be the first in Fairfield County to employ machine built trails, which she says would be a draw to the town.  When it comes to paying for the project, she suggested fundraising, donations from businesses and trail grants available from various sources.  The Selectmen referred the proposal to the Planning & Zoning Commission and Inland and Wetland for review.  The Bethel  Park and Recreation and Economic Developments will also be asked to weigh in.