Stamford's Mill River Park all started with a vision.
"What a long and winding road to get here," said Arty Selkowitz.
Selkowitz, the park's chairman, says the idea for the project dates back to 1929, when the City formed its first master plan.
"[It] called for a central park along the banks of the Mill River," said Arty Selkowitz.
But it didn't take off until 1997.
"A small group of League of Women Voters volunteers pushed to get a park started again," said Selkowitz.
And they approached the City's Land Use Bureau, and then Mayor Dannel Malloy.
The 2001 approval led to years of hard work. Thursday evening, over 600 people attended the park's grand opening of its first phase.
"It's a day that everyone has worked hard to accomplish. It's a day where vision becomes reality," said Mayor Michael Pavia.
In the coming years, more additions will be made, like a carousel and ice skating rink. To date, the collaborative has raised $14 million for its private capital campaign, toward the $100 million project.