May 3, 2013
08:10 PMConnecticut Today
A New Park for Stamford
Gove. Dannel Malloy, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes were on hand as years of planning in Stamford finally culminated last week in a ribbon cutting for Mill River Park. The 12-acre park in the midst of office and apartment buildings is still a work in progress but is seen by the city as an important piece of the ongoing revitalization project that has marked it as one of the fastest growing cities of its size in the nation.
It’s no small thing to add 12 acres of open space to an already burgeoning city. The cost, which is being raised through a collaboration of private and public entities,is expected to hit $100 million. The playground is already open, and when it’s complete the ambitious project will include a carrousel, jogging paths, picnic areas and summer movies. There’ll be a skateboarding area and interactive fountain, and a skating rink in winter.
“There are only a handful of cities that have what we have,” said Mayor Michael Pavia.
The ribbon-cutting was just the beginning of a weekend of grand-opening festivities, including bird and nature tours, a kids parade, a circus performance, evening yoga and a entertainment by local dance group Hip Hop Dimensions. And there will be a Cherry Blossom Festival, samurai, karate and drumming performances.A New Park for Stamford