Hillside Historic District, Waterbury, Connecticut    Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Strategic Plan
as filed with the City of Waterbury - the State of Connecticut 1997

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INTRODUCTION

ECONOMIC DEV

EDUCATION

HEALTH

HOUSING

PUBLIC SAFETY

RECREATION

SOCIAL SERVICES

TRANSPORTATION

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Section Seven
RECREATION

Glen MacLeod, Chairperson

 

OBJECTIVE #1
Create garden space as open space becomes available

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:

  1. Usage of neighborhood maps to ensure green space is strategically placed based on demolition
  2. Additional usage of open space for community gardens and beautification programs (floral and shrubs)

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OBJECTIVE #2
Increase the usage, security and lighting of Hayden Park

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:

  1. Learn the particulars regarding the park trust
  2. Have annual neighborhood picnic in the park
  3. Have concerts in the park
  4. Use money the City is receiving from the utilities settlement to improve park lighting
  5. Provide foot and bike patrols during the summer months
  6. Periodic meetings with Park Department to review status of projects
  7. Install signs with historic focus and open hours at both entrances
  8. Work to create increasing parking convenient to the park

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OBJECTIVE #3
Acquire a playground for Driggs school

ACTION TO BE TAKEN:

  1. Request a feasibility study to convert property on Buckingham Street or Driggs parking lot into a playground site

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OBJECTIVE #4
Increase neighborhood use of existing resources

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:

  1. Increase utilization of YMCA scholarships for youth
  2. Use churches for meetings and recreational opportunities
  3. Continued utilization of UConn campus facilities
  4. UConn site as a potential cultural center
  5. Encourage State Legislature to expand UConn branch facility including the creation of a 250 seat theater
  6. Renovate first floor of Benedict Miller House into an historical museum and work with UConn to determine usage for the remainder of the building

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OBJECTIVE #5
Increase cultural opportunities for children in the neighborhood

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:

  1. Wayland Mansion as potential children's museum
  2. Turn abandoned building into a children's branch of the library                   

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