Holy Frederick Law Olmsted. If you’re like me and live in the ‘burbs come July 1 you’re gonna get soaked for visiting Bridgeport’s jewel park system.
The Park Board has voted to sock it to non-residents for a seasonal pass, from the current $30 to $125. That’s one mighty increase, more than 300 percent.
Okay, I can understand some increase is necessary because of escalating costs to maintain and improve the parks, but isn’t this excessive? Isn’t it better to encourage out-of-towners to visit the city? Shit, what’s next, a commuter tax? Leonard, don’t give them any ideas.
It’s time to do a seance and call up Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, who designed Seaside and Beardsley Parks. Freddy was an out-of-towner.
See current and new fees below. No change for city residents.
Bridgeport Resident Sticker $5.
CT Non-Resident Sticker $30.
Seaside – CT Resident $10.
Seaside – Out of State $20.
Beardsley Park – CT Resident $4.
Beardsley Park – Out of State $6.
New Fees Beginning July 1, 2009
Bridgeport Resident Sticker $5.
CT Non-Resident Sticker $125. (Ouch)
Seaside – CT Resident $20.
Seaside – Out of State $40.
Beardsley Park – CT Resident $20.
Beardsley Park – Out of State $25.
It’s Sweetport week. Check out what the Gallery at Black Rock and others are doing:
This week The Gallery will not be open in Black Rock on Friday or Saturday. We will be at the Sweetport Art and Music festival in Downtown Bridgeport. Saturday and Sunday we will be there from 11am to 4pm. Our Gallery will be showing over 10 Artists on the corner of Broad and John street (across from the City Hall Annex).
Some of the Artists on Display will be:
Frank Foster Post
There will be lots of affordable work. The day also includes multiple art installations and exhibits as well as a great lineup of music on McLevy Green and it is free!! For more info check out
See you there!
News from Discovery Museum
Fairfield County Community Foundation Funds Scholarships for Exciting Summer Programs at The Discovery Museum
BRIDGEPORT, CT May 27, 2009 Generous funding from The Fairfield County Community Foundation is enabling The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport to offer both full scholarships and greatly reduced fees for its popular summer science programs for children aged 5 to 14 years of age. Six week-long programs for four different age groups begin July 6 and continue throughout the summer.
Programs meet for 4 to 6 hours from Monday through Friday, depending on the child’s age and are packed with experiments and hands-on projects. An extended day option is available for 4 and 5 year olds. In all twenty-one themed programs, guaranteed to intrigue and excite children while demonstrating science and math principles, are orchestrated by the museum’s talented staff.
Museum executive director, Linda Malkin said she cannot overstate the important of the FCCF funding. “The funding is addressing a tremendous need. Educational inequity is a serious problem in the state of CT. Even in prosperous times, the achievement gap between poor and non-poor children is the widest in the nation. To compound the problem studies have shown that low-income children experience greater ‘learning losses’ during summer breaks. Museum staff is very excited and grateful to the FCCF for enabling us to address this problem.”
Scholarships will result in 96% to 50% fee reductions. More information is available by calling The Discovery Museum at (203) 372-3521. Applications can also be downloaded from the museum website www.discoverymuseum.org.
The museum’s unique and often wacky science programs are widely recognized for their rich science and math content as well as their ability to entertain and engage the interest of the enrollees. Education Director Alan Winick says he always asks incoming students if they like science. He acknowledges those who have raised their hands by saying, “Then, you are going to have a great time and learn a lot.” A moment later he addresses the others emphatically, saying, “You are also going to have a great time and have a lot of fun learning about science.” To his knowledge, no child has ever been disappointed. Winick is also confident that the museum science programs spark a lifelong interest in science in children who used to think the subject was boring and/or difficult.
Themes for the 4-5 year old “WonderKids” series include “Something is Bugging Me” (entomology for tykes); Storytelling Gardens (gardening); Sounds All Around; At the Seashore; Things that Fly; and Dinos, Dragons and Other Big Beasts. The Summer Science Showcase for children ages 7-9 consists of Dig It Up! (anthropology, archaeology and paleontology); It’s Alive (for nature lovers); Under the Sea (from shoreline to the deepest depths); Creative Contraptions (engineering); Kids in Space (astronomy); and Mad Scientist Laboratory (Warning: explosions possible!). The Summer Discovery Series for those 8 to 12 in age are Spa Science (producing natural products); Photo Phantastic (Building a room size camera, a pin-hole camera, exploring analog and digital cameras and more); Gemstones, Geology and Jewels (the geology of southern CT); The Science of Art (how they are inter-related, drawing, painting, sculpturing); Discovering My 3-D Space (CAD design); and Awesome Animation (creating one’s own show). Children 10 and older can take part in the Summer Explorer Series with Power Up! (exploring sustainable energy sources); Ocean Explorer (creatures, equipment and a real mini-sub); Robotics (including programming and making your own robotic arm); Discovery CSI (forensics); Don’t Try This at Home! (the coolest, hottest, most explosive activities you can imagine); and Space Explorer (designing rockets and a space suit for an egg, flying a computer simulated space mission in the Challenger Learning Center).
The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $100 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.
The Discovery Museum was founded in 1958 and opened to the public in 1962. It is southern Connecticut’s preeminent non-profit educational resource for science and space education. It is located at 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT, one mile south of Merritt Parkway Exit 47, directly across from the Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course. Daily admission to the Discovery Museum is $8.50 for adults and $7 for children over 5, seniors and students with I.D.’s.