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Stratford Greenway Opens Saturday

The following is a press release from the town's Greenway Committee.

The grand opening of the Stratford Greenway Linear Park will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the DeLuca Field entry, Main Street in Stratford.

Mayor John A. Harkins will be among the speakers, as the town takes a first step in the revitalization along the town's waterfront.

Waterfront Revitalization Project

What is the Stratford Greenway project? In 2003-2004, the town's Planning Commission updated their Plan of Conservation and Development. The committee's recommendation was to establish a linear waterfront park on the Hunter Haven property as the site for a Greenway (bikeway/walkway) as a central element of a waterfront revitalization effort.

The Greenway Committee grew out of the Planning Commission's planning efforts and started out as an ad hoc planning committee that helped the Planning Commission to develop the Waterfront Vision Plan in 2004.

The town will complete the construction of the Hunter Haven Waterfront Linear Park and Greenway Project in 2012. It is an important first step in revitalizing the waterfront.

This will enable Stratford to restore a significant wetland area that will provide an important educational feature as part of that Greenway project. This is a good way to increase the public's awareness of the environmental value of the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound.

The first phase is the construction of a pathway and seating area. The Pathway will start at the Birdseye Street boat launch and extend to a central seating area. The seating area will include sections of the bikeway and walkway that will ultimately extend throughout this site.

There will be benches facing the lower Housatonic River, Long Island Sound and Nells Island in Milford; bike racks, lighting and planting areas. Access to the seating area will be from Main Street next to DeLuca ball field. It will be open to all of Stratford.

Jason Bagley (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 04:16 PM
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Patterson Crew May 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Where's the plan to bring business and industry back to Stratford,and I don't mean a strip of new bars in the center. These 'feel good' projects do little to "revitalize" this once great town. Are people flocking to Stratford to get drunk and stumble down the greenway? This town is being flushed down the toilet along with the taxpayers.
Patricia Pell May 17, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I agree ... The walkway will be just another place for the bored to go to get drunk. There is nothing in the "south end" of Stratford to do. I appreciate the green factor and agree that it is a nice feel good idea, but we need businesses that build up this town. Not more parks.
B May 17, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Let's hope this doesn't turn into another area the town can't maintain.
Leticia Cleveland May 17, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Living in Lordship, it is a piece of heaven, so looking forward to bringing the entire family and our kids will have this for their grandkids.
Jim Ravis May 17, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Please note that this is an opportunity to ask the Mayor your questions, such as sewer fee increase, etc, since he will be at this event! If you miss him there, you can meet with him in the reviewing truck at the Memorial Day Parade.
Dom DeCicco May 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I'll be sure to tell my two sons that they can look for their pre-college jobs on the greenway. Just another joke brought to you by the same people who routinely ignore the tax payers and always get their agendas pushed through. Say "No To Make Your Day" when it comes to your school next year folks.
Dom DeCicco May 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Man. So many school kids are on medications these days. I wonder if that brings exta money into the schools somehow? I know one couple who appraoched the school and asked that they do something to stop their son from getting his head punched in by a bully. What the school do? They tried suggesting that the victim needed to see the school social worker in order to deal with the anxiety. I am sure that people on medication will benefit from this greenway-- they can spend hours walking it in order to get it into their systems.

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