Subway honored for trail work

The City of Milford honored Subway World Headquarters Dec. 5 for its revitalization and maintenance of the Mondo Ponds Nature Preserve Trail.

The 1.1 mile loop around the largest pond is adjacent to Subway’s campus. A plaque, presented by Milford Mayor Ben Blake during the Dec. 5 Board of Aldermen’s meeting, cited how the project improved the trail and "promotes healthy outdoor exercise and a deeper appreciation of nature."

Subway Headquarters Senior Manager of Business Services Dina Sabo and Property Maintenance Manager John Paul Savoie accepted the award on the company’s behalf.

“The Mondo Ponds project was a partnership between Subway and the City of Milford,” explained Sabo. “It was an idea from our maintenance team. Our president and CEO Suzanne Greco wanted to create a path around our property to encourage our employees’ healthy activities, and the path around the largest pond was overgrown and in need of some TLC."

Subway staff cleared and widened the path, and cleared out fallen trees.

“We made the path accessible to our 325 building and also put wood chips down on the paths,” Sabo said. “It’s a beautiful walk and it’s open to anyone who would like to enjoy nature.”

The freshened up trail was unveiled at a ceremony in July.

The city-owned nature preserve boasts five man-made ponds and an abundance of wildlife. Tall trees reach skyward, turtles can sometimes be seen crawling slowly along the paths, and birds — such as the impressive wood duck — can be found nesting here.

The Mondo Ponds site was once owned by the water company, Milford’s Open Space Manager Steve Johnson explained during the ceremony in July. In the late 1970s the water company abandoned the property because stricter guidelines meant the company could not use the water as drinking water.

The city bought the land in 1986, and local environmentalists led efforts to turn it into a nature preserve using money received when the Iroquois Pipeline was run through city land.

“It’s an important wildlife area,” Johnson said, noting there are 179 different types of birds living in its woods.