Hockanum River Parks in Vernon

Hockanum River Linear Park 

The Committee is appointed by the Mayor with approval of the Town Council. 
The purpose of the Committee is to guide and implement the development of the Hockanum River Parks,  in accordance with the Master Plan of Development for the Park that was prepared in 1990 by the landscape architectural firm of Johnson & Richter. 

The Committee has been ongoing since 1970.  In 1988 the Town received a $1.01 million grant to initiate work on the river park.  Funds were used for acquisition of land, creation of the HRLP Master Plan of Development, and construction of Dart Hill Park.

The Committee works closely with Bruce Dinnie, Director of Parks and Recreation.  Meetings are held every other month.  Volunteers are needed! If you like to be outdoors doing trail work - or indoors doing paperwork, your time and talents would be most welcome!

Committee members are:
Ann Letendre, Chairperson
George Arthur
Don Bellingham
Ed Dresner
Ginny Gingras
Andy McKenzie
Betty Tedford

For information on the trail and park locations, the Adopt-a-Trail program, or to report a problem on the trails, call the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department, 875-3520.

Friends of the Hockanum River Linear Park of Vernon, Inc.

This group is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established to pursue grant opportunities and solicit land and funds donations to develop the Hockanum River Park.  The goals of the organization are to foster river protection through the creation of river greenways, and to create an environmental awareness of the importance of clean rivers through public education and through encouragement of public use of the river trails and parks.

To date, the Friends of the HRLP has received over $80,000 of grants for trail development and land acquisition.  The Friends have also implemented several trail easements, and land donation transactions.

Would you like to become a member? Any person or household in the Town of Vernon is welcome to join the organization.  Tax deductible contribution categories are:

Individual ($5); Family ($10); Contributing ($25)

Member contributions may be sent to:
A. Letendre
29 Gottier Dr
Vernon, CT 06066

Officers and Board of Directors:
Ginny Gingras, President
Betty Tedford, Vice-President
Ann Letendre, Secretary/Treasurer
George Arthur
Don Bellingham
Ed Dresner
Attorney Amy Blaymore Paterson, Counsel

HRLP - Slideshow presentation

HRLP - Newsletter
                            Spring 2003

                            Summer 2004

HRLP - Hockanum River Parks (this page)