At the Town Council meeting on Nov. 12, the request to have the proposal to rename a portion of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail the “Trail of Hope” — after the Lights of Hope organization — go to public hearing on Dec. 10 was passed unanimously by the Council.
The proposal, which was initially presented on Sept. 19, will allow a portion of the trail to be renamed. This is the first time any part of the trail, which begins in New Haven and stretches all the way to Massachusetts, has been named for alocal organization.
Cheshire’s Lights of Hope, founded by Don Walsh — who was recently elected to his first term on the Town Council to represent the Third District — and his wife Jenifer, has been influential to the town since it began in 2005, raising almost $1 million to date for local charities, businesses, and organizations.
While there isn’t an official date set yet, Lights of Hope is looking to have a naming celebration sometime in the early spring of 2020, and the event will be open to the entire town, organizers stated.
For more information about Cheshire’s Lights of Hope organization, visit https://cheshireslightsofhope.com/.