The lawmaker says he’s hiked the trail before — and his now-grown daughter, Caitlin, even had a hand in helping create it.

When Caitlin was six or seven-years-old, she accompanied her dad to mark out where the trail should be, as parts of it were disconnected. While they were out amid nature, Caitlin got a case of poison ivy. But Connolly says some sage advice saved the day: “Take your kid home and put them in a cold water shower.”

The shower did the trick, so Connolly assures us Caitlin won’t have bad memories of her dad’s namesake trail.

Connolly says since the signs on the trail bearing his name haven’t gone up, “It hasn’t sunk in yet.” But, once they do, he says it’ll be a “good feeling” when he heads out on it for the first time with its new name. 

Calling it “humbling” and “unexpected,” Connolly exclaimed, “I’m a big lover of trails, and I think they’re especially important in an urban environment.”