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. 

Open Space #OS 89 "Pearl Bach"
Manhassett Trail & Shinnacock Trail in Pine Rock Park

This quarter-acre "pocket park" surves the Pine Rock Park neighborhood. It's located alongside Manhassett Trail.  Public parking is strictly prohibited in the Pine Rock Park neighborhood due to chronic problems with summer crowds attempting to access the Far Mill River. In 2021, an 8-ft tall fence was installed along the rear of the property to prevent people from using the Pearl Bach property as a cut-through to Stratford's adjacent Far Mill River Park (see article for more details).

The Pearl Bach property abuts a much larger open space property called Far Mill River Park that is owned by the Town of Stratford even though it is partly located within Shelton city limits. People attempting to access the Stratford property should contact the Town of Stratford. There is no public access via the Pearl Bach property.

Map and Photos

Tax Assessor's Map showing Pearl Bach property (yellow) and abutting property owned by the Town of Stratford.

The Pearl Bach property alongside Manhassett Trail is limited to the top of the river bank, as seen here. The wooded slope and land on both sides of the Far Mill River is owned by the Town of Stratford.