History of Mill River Park
The History of Mill River Park
For nearly a century, Stamford dreamed of a Central Park in the heart of its downtown. Two decades ago, the collaborative efforts of government, corporations, foundations and private citizens began turning that dream into a reality. Today, Mill River Park continues to evolve as a vibrant, welcoming space where the community can gather to relax, play, learn and connect with nature.
Sasaki Associates conducts a study that results in the Mill River Corridor Plan to reclaim 26 acres of green space in downtown Stamford.
The Army Corps of Engineers endorses the removal of the Mill River Dam to restore wetland habitat and improve public access to the river.
Land Use Approval
The Mill River Corridor redevelopment district is formed, paving the way for changes in land use both preserve green space and foster economic development.
Mill River Park Collaborative is founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit to lead the creation, growth and operations of the new park.
Olin Partnership, a top landscaping firm, is selected to design Mill River Park using the latest advances in bioengineering.
The Mill River Playground, designed by Olin Partnership and Leathers & Associates, is constructed by volunteers in a 7-day community build.
The Mill River Dam Removal Project is completed, restoring the river bed and riparian edges and reducing the city’s 100-year flood elevations.
Mill River Park & Greenway opens with 12 acres of beautiful landscape, including the largest cherry tree grove in New England.
The David & Marian Nissen Carousel and Brownstein / Selkowitz Carousel Pavilion opens, winning awards for innovative design.
New Fountain & Skating Center
The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Skating Center & Fountain opens as an all-season park feature, introducing Stamford to a new outdoor community ice rink.
Discovery Center Opens
The Whittingham Discovery Center opens as a permanent year-round environmental education facility and visitor center.