From Mayor Bill Finch:
Mayor Bill Finch will host a community meeting at Hanson Exploration Station located inside Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo at 6 p.m., Thursday, January 9 to discuss plans for a new neighborhood park located at 115 Virginia Avenue in the Nob Hill neighborhood.
This meeting is a follow-up to a community meeting held in November, which gave residents an opportunity to share their ideas regarding the design, planning and programming of this new neighborhood park. Representatives from Stantec, the firm contracted by the City to design this park project, will provide renderings based on community feedback gathered from the initial community meeting.
In 2009, the State planned to construct a girls’ treatment and detention center on this site. Residents of the Nob Hill neighborhood, Mayor Finch, City Council members and the Bridgeport Legislative Delegation protested the State’s proposal, and in 2010, then-Governor Jodi M. Rell withdrew the plan to build the detention center in Bridgeport. The City purchased the site of the new park from the State for $1.
As a part of the City’s Parks Master Plan, initiated by Mayor Finch, to open parks within 15 minutes walking distance of every resident, the City has begun planning a new park on this site.
“The residents of Nob Hill fought very hard to keep a detention center out of their neighborhood. As a result of our collective efforts, the neighborhood is getting a beautiful new park, instead of a detention center,” said Mayor Finch. “While Beardsley Park is very close to Nob Hill, it is more of a destination park than a neighborhood park. This new park will serve the people of the neighborhood.”