From State Senator Anthony Musto:
Senator Anthony Musto (D-Trumbull) joined with Governor Dannel P. Malloy in announcing an Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition grant that will support Bridgeport in creating 1.5 acres of attractive community space.
“Preserving open space in Bridgeport is critical to ensuring a healthy, pleasant atmosphere in this urban neighborhood,” said Senator Musto. “This grant will transform an existing eyesore into an attractive park and community maintained garden, making the neighborhood an even better place to live and raise a family.”
The Community Garden will be located at 77-127 Garden Street. This plot of land will be transformed from a vacant barren lot into a neighborhood greenspace with community gardens. The new park will link existing open space parks and natural areas in Bridgeport, creating a connected area that will run through Bridgeport.
“Land conservation is an important investment in our future, and moves us closer to meeting our goal of protecting 21 percent of Connecticut’s land as open space in the next ten years,” said Governor Malloy. “These preservation projects are key to maintaining our high quality of life and making Connecticut a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
This Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition grant are part of a program administered by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) that will support 35 communities in purchasing 2,732 acres across Connecticut.
“Bringing Bridgeport residents closer to their natural environment through the expansion of parks, recapturing our waterfront and creating community gardens has been one of the highest priorities for our BGreen 2020 initiative,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “Enhancing this open space with a new community garden will be a great addition to the neighborhood.”
The program assists land purchases by using state bonds and funding from the 2005 Community Investment Act as part of a goal to protect 673,210 acres of land by 2023. Bridgeport will receive a total of $171,500 in Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition grants.