“Scalzi Park is Stamford, it’s who we are”
The completion of phase 2 renovations made to Scalzi Park was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday.
“The actual improvements that we’re celebrating today began with a master plan of Scalzi Park about 11 years ago,” says Mayor Michael Pavia.
Those improvements include a new playground with a splash pad and new pavilion; new benches, light fixtures, and workout stations; repaved roads and the addition of walkways and bike lanes.
“The City has committed over $5 million and now what we have is a park that will continue to be enjoyed by the residents of Stamford for decades to come,” says Mayor Pavia.
But there’s more work to be done in the 48-acre park. The city engineer says phase 3 of the renovations will include new comfort stations, among other improvements.
Board of Representatives President Randall Skigen says, “Very soon we will have trails that lead all the way from Scalzi down to the Sound, and eventually it’s our hope that there will be trails that lead from Scalzi all the way to the New York border. So Scalzi is going to be the centerpiece for recreation in the City for a long time to come.”
Officials say Scalzi is the first of many parks in the City that will see improvements.
Joe Andreana, parks and recreation commissioner says, “Notably Rosa Hartman Park in the near future, Barrett Park, and there are thoughts about improvements in other parks including Cummings.”
City Engineer Lou Casolo says, “Overwhelming evidence demonstrates the benefits of city parks. They improve our physical and psychological health, strengthen our community, and make our cities and neighborhoods more attractive places to live and work.”