Every now and then, Stamford’s Mill River Park gets some sprucing up, and on Wednesday nearly 100 volunteers lent some extra hands to keep the park looking its best.
“We just do whatever we can to try to make the park look as beautiful as possible,” says Alex Domeyko, program and outreach manager at the Mill River Collaborative. “We have people washing the playground, we have people along the river bank pulling out invasive weeds.”
Wednesday’s crew included staff from the community service organization Build On along with employees from Nestle Waters North America. This is the second year Nestle Waters has volunteered at Mill River as part of the United Way’s Day of Action.
“They choose us as one of those sites so we’re really proud to have them and excited at the work they’re doing,” says Domeyko
“It’s important for the town and city of Stamford to encourage folks to come downtown and to really encourage the outdoors and to appreciate the river that’s within the city,” says Scott Bucci, finance director at Nestle Waters America.
And this is only the beginning for Mill River, with plans for much more on the way. Construction on a carousel and pavilion is set to begin in the fall, followed by plans for an ice-skating rink, interactive fountain, and more.
“The phase 2 aspects of the park are going to extend north of the Broad Street bridge and South of the Main Street bridge and they’re going to sort of bottle neck into a beautiful greenway that folks can walk from Scalzi park all the way down to the Harbor in one fell swoop; it’s going to be really amazing,” says Domeyko.
To find out more about the Mill River Collaborative, visit millriverpark.com