DOUG SMITH ISLAND NAMING PROCLAMATION
On June 1, 2018, the Town of Manchester formally renamed Bryan Island, which is part of the Oakland Hiking
Trail in Manchester, to be Doug Smith Island. This award was made in recognition of his work in leading a group
of volunteers in creating and maintaining the 16 miles of hiking trails along the Hockanum River in Manchester.
Also, in the June 3 edition of the Hartford Courant, Peter Marteka wrote an article describing his own
memories of the ceremony and of Doug, the trail, and the Hockanum River itself. This can be accessed from either
of 2 places.
> By clicking Dedication Announcement you can see a
reproduction of the announcement of the ceremony.
> By clicking
Peter Marteka Courant you can access the article in the Courant's website, which includes a short
film which Peter made during the process.
> Or, by clicking
Peter Marteka Reprint you can access a reprint of the
article, should it no longer be available online.
Below is a series of photos, primarily taken by Jeff Feldmann, before and during the dedication ceremony.
Within these there are links to excerpts of comments made by Hockanum River Committee members Jon Mercier and
Jeff Feldmann, and Steve Gates of the Manchester Board of Directors. There is also a
facsimile of the proclamation renaming this to be
Doug Smith Island.