Ceremony to mark completion of greenway’s first phase

The General Pulaski footbridge spans over the Naugatuck River, connecting Union City to Bridge Street, near the Polish American Club. Phase one of the Naugatuck greenway connects the borough's downtown to the footbridge. –RA ARCHIVE

The General Pulaski footbridge spans over the Naugatuck River, connecting Union City to Bridge Street, near the Polish American Club. Phase one of the Naugatuck greenway connects the borough’s downtown to the footbridge. –RA ARCHIVE

NAUGATUCK — The borough will celebrate the completion of the first phase of its greenway project during a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. today at the Gen. Pulaski Bridge behind the Polish American Club, 199 Bridge St., in the Union City section.

Most of the $2.17 million project that runs from the Union City section to the center of town on Maple Street was funded by federal grants. The borough’s share was $434,948.

This is the first of a planned three-phase project that will run 3.3 miles through Naugatuck and is part of a larger plan to connect communities from Torrington to Derby with pedestrian greenways. Naugatuck’s first phase connects Linden Park to the Whittemore Bridge on Maple Street and provides connections to many destinations, including the Town Green, the railroad station, the Historical Society Museum and other parks.

At the ceremony, the borough will unveil a plaque honoring the late Pat Mallane Sr., a standout professional boxer in the 1950s who was from the Union City section.

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