in the Park
Hayden Park is a delight for the senses
throughout the spring season with a wide array of colorful and scented blooms encompassing
the entire scope of the park. A profusion of thousands of Daffodils on the South
Bank cast brilliant yellows in harmony with the Forsythia blooms to the East.
Each year in the early Spring, The Hillside Historic District Neighborhood Association hosts a small neighborhood oriented gathering which serves to celebrate the rich horticultural resources of this small park and also serves as a time for remembrance: remembering the Hayden family who lived there, the Hayden sisters who donated the park, as well as neighborhood Residents, their family members and friends who have passed away during the previous year.
This years event will feature Childrens Storytelling, Art Exhibit, Geranium Sale, Croquet, Barbershop Quartet, selection of the May Queen and and a Victorian traditional celebration around the May Pole.
1:00 to 5:00 PM
Hayden Park, Waterbury, CT
Hayden Park is located in the
Downtown area of Waterbury, Ct., in the Hillside Historic District.
FROM I-84 EAST:
Take Exit 21 (Meadow Street). At the end of the exit there is a street light at
which you will turn right onto Meadow Street. You will continue on Meadow Street
passing almost immediately back under the highway heading north and towards the tall brick
clock tower of the old Railway Station now the home of the Waterbury Republican-American
newspaper (you will want to keep to the right hand lane).
FROM I-84 WEST:
Exit Highway at Meadow Street and at the end of the ramp go straight ahead. You will
pass through a Yield sign and merge into traffic on Meadow Street which will take you
towards the red brick Clock Tower of the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper on your
FROM ROUTE 8 NORTH: Exit Route 8 at the exit marked I-84 East. You will be on a sharply curved exit ramp which will take you directly to I-84. You will stay to the right and immediately exit I-84 using the Meadow Street Exit. Go to the end of the Exit ramp to the light, turn right and continue to follow directions "FROM I-84 EAST" detailed above.
FROM ROUTE 8 SOUTH:
Just before entering the Interchange of Route 8 and Interstate 84, you will Exit Route 8
via a left hand Exit marked Freight Street. At the end of the exit take the first
possible left and you will then cross under the highway and be on Freight Street.
Follow Freight Street all the way to the end, staying in the left driving lane. At
the end of Freight Street (at the traffic light), turn left onto Meadow Street (getting
into the left lane) and proceed to the next setof lights (about one block) and proceed
straight through this set of lights heading up the hill. You will immediately pass a
Seven-Eleven on your right and now be on Willow Street. You will be taking your
THIRD right onto Pine Street.
Street parking on both Grove Street (and surrounding roads) and Pine Street.
As with any inner-city event, we advise everyone to not leave valuables within view and advise the locking of vehicles. We prefer to take an ounce of prevention and encourage all others to do so as well.
THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON
1:30 Childrens Storytelling - Main Park
Barber Shop Quartet
MAY POLE CELEBRATION
LILAC MEMORIAL DEDICATIONS
Lilac Festival salutes effort to reclaim Hayden Park
Monday,May 15, 2000
By Robyn Adams
The Hillside Historic District Neighborhood Association will hold a Lilac Festival May 20 from 1-5 p.m. at Hayden Homestead Park. Park entrances are off Grove Street and Glenridge Street in Waterbury.
WATERBURY — During the past four or five years, the Hillside Historic District Neighborhood Association has been reclaiming Hayden Homestead Park to prevent it from falling into total neglect.
Association members cut brush, thinned out trees, raked leaves and got the city to repair park lanterns. Their effort helped to restore the park as it was envisioned decades ago by the daughters of Hyram Hayden, an industrialist and inventor who built an unusual family homestead on the property off Pine Street.
In 1921, Hayden's surviving daughters, quit-claimed the property to the city, requiring it be used as a passive park. The Hayden sisters hired the firm of the late Frederick Law Olmsted, an American landscape architect who designed Central Park in New York City and Fulton Park in Waterbury, to create a gracious inner-city park, to be called Hayden Homestead Park. There is an abundance
LILAC: Neighborhood festival part of effort to reclaim park#ESUB#
of lilac blooms in the northern section and mock orange and mulberry bushes on the east hillside.
This year, the club will celebrate its reclamation of Hayden Homestead Park by holding Lilac Festival 2000. The event will include entertainment by a barbershop quartet, a Maypole contest, crowning of the May Queen and planting of lilacs in the Memorial Garden in honor of Pedro Juan Rivera, the father of Juan Rivera and the neighborhood's police officer, and Sherwood Rowland, a longtime city official and father of Gov. John G. Rowland.
At 1:30 p.m., there will be children's crafts and storytelling, followed at 2 p.m. by an hourlong performance by the Happy To Be There barbershop quartet. At 3 p.m., the crowning of the May Queen will be followed by a traditional Maypole celebration at 3:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., lilacs will be planted in the Memorial Garden.
There will also be an art exhibit, a croquet and geranium plant sale and information booths on neighborhood issues and gardening assistance. Refreshments will include cookies baked by various Hillside residents.
"We have some amazing candidates vying for the May Queen's garland crown," said Bettejane Wesson, one of the organizers.
The public is invited to attend the festival. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic basket.