The ultimate goal of the Parks Master Plan is to enhance existing parks, create new parks, and provide better connections between parks and residents by physically connecting the areas using public transit, pedestrian walkways, and complete streets.
Improvements to the park system will revitalize the surrounding areas, and increase the vitality of the city as a whole. The Margaret E. Morton Government Center plaza, Knowlton Park, and Washington Park are some of the first locations that have benefitted from the master plan.
Improvements to Knowlton Park such as new plazas, gently sloping open lawn areas, and an overlook pavilion are included in the master plan. Boardwalks that allow for pedestrian waterfront access will weave throughout native vegetation plantings that provide habitat for wildlife in the area and cleanse stormwater runoff.
Washington Park was Bridgeport’s first public park. Renovations and improvements for Washington Park will include a gazebo, restrooms, basketball court improvements, fence restoration, lighting and sidewalk repairs, site furnishing, and landscape improvements.
A splash pad has already been installed in Washington Park, and a new swing area is nearly complete. A new curb around the Victorian garden has been completed and work is now being done to install granite curbing. The restoration of this historic park will be an example of community pride and pleasure.
The Broad Street Plaza in front of the Margaret E. Morton Government Center has recently been renovated. Improvements to the area include several new benches, the installation of new sidewalks that utilize permeable pavement, and improved landscaping.