Open Space Map (3mb)

City of Shelton Open Space Marker

open space marker

This marker is used to identify Public Open Space owned by the City of Shelton.  It does not mark the exact location of the property line and may be as much as 100 feet away from the boundary, depending on site conditions.  The Conservation and Pedestrian Easements markers have a similar look but different text.

Land Trust Marker

The Land Trust is a private, non-profit group that owns 364 acres of open space in Shelton, marked with these signs.  People frequently confuse the Land Trust with the City of Shelton.

Wetlands Marker

These rectangular wetlands marker may be found in some newer subdivisions, usually on 4x4 posts. They mark the location of areas regulated by the Shelton Inland Wetlands Commission. These are generally on private property and are not related to open space. 

OS 27.03 Eklund (in the Shelton Lakes Greenway)

Features: Eklund Native Species Garden on the old grounds of an upscale cabin that burned down, near Hope Lake (aka Nell's Rock Reservoir).  Dominick Trail passes through the property. This trail may eventually become part of the Paugussett "Blue Dot" Trail.

Parking and Access:  SEE MAP. From Oak Valley Road, park at the boulders where Dominick Trail crosses the road.  Also accessible from the Hope Lake parking area on Nells Rock Road by following the white trail (Oak Valley Trail) and turning left on the orange trail (Dominick). 

History: New Yorkers Herman and Lillian Eklund purchased the property during the Great Depression and built a log cabin, swimming pool, extensive garden terraces, several out-buildings, and a goldfish pond.  Lillian passed away in the 1960's and Herman in 1988, after which the property was sold to a developer. Part of the property was split off by the developer and sold to the City of Shelton for open space.  The City razed the outbuildings and filled in the pool, and vandals burned down the log cabin in the late 1990s. The garden grounds became overgrown and obscured until volunteers cleared them out for the Eklund Native Species Garden.