Bob Duff

Senate Majority Leader

Bob Duff

Standing Up For You!

July 29, 2022

 Sen. Duff Announces $4.5 Million in State Bonding for Norwalk Park Improvements

NORWALK – Today, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling welcomed the State Bond Commission’s approval of a $4.5 million state investment in Norwalk’s public parks. Investments include a new synthetic baseball fields at Broad River Park, new fencing, lighting, benches and landscaping at Irving Freese Park, a new trash receptacle system at six town parks, and more improvements at the Ludlow Park, Veterans Memorial Park, and the Brookside Elementary School fields.


Sen. Duff worked with Norwalk parents and Mayor Harry Rilling to advocate for and secure the state funding after parents complained about the quality of the existing fields, the safety hazards they sometimes present, and the inability to play games during certain weather conditions. 


“We’ve got 90,000 people in Norwalk, and that means a lot of families with kids playing sports and using town parks on a regular basis. Part of the joy of living in Connecticut and living in Norwalk is the very high quality of life that we have, and these state investments will help protect and improve that quality of life while simultaneously taking some of the responsibility of paying for this off of local residents,” Sen. Duff said. “I want to thank Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission, along with my colleagues Senators Marty Looney, John Fonfara and Marilyn Moore, for always paying attention to the needs of Connecticut’s residents.”


“This funding reflects Governor Lamont and Senator Duff’s continued commitment to securing critical funding for the City of Norwalk’s Park System and prioritizes some of Norwalk’s treasures, such as our parks and green spaces,” said Mayor Rilling. “These funds will upgrade several of our sports fields, including the Broad River Synthetic Field baseball complex, and help beautify our landscapes by improving park amenities at Irving Freese Park. The funds will also replace playground equipment at Brookside Elementary School, Ludlow Park, and Veterans Park to increase safety and accessibility and enhance the city’s beautification and sustainability initiatives by enhancing our recycling and garbage efforts at our parks.”


A year ago, Norwalk unveiled plans to upgrade the baseball field complex at Broad River Park after parents complained that conditions there – hardened dirt in the infield, poor drainage, and uncut grass – posed a safety hazard to children. Improved fields at Broad River would not only fix those conditions, but also reduce costly maintenance and allow for the possibility of regional tournaments on the fields. Today’s state bonding funds will pay for about half of those needed improvements.


The Irving Freese Park will receive about a half-million dollars’ worth of new metal fencing, landscaping, lighting, and benches, and the Ludlow Park, Brookside Elementary School and Veterans Memorial Park will each receive upgrades as well.

Just as important, $1 million in state funding has allocated for the total replacement of Norwalk’s garbage receptacles at Veterans Park, Calf Pasture Beach, Cranbury Park, Oyster Shell Park, Fodor Farm, and Taylor Farm Dog Park. The new trash receptacles will be located side-by-side and labeled for garbage, recyclables, and compost. The state funding will also pay for a new mini-packer garbage truck and a large grass mower.