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Villano Park Dedication and Opening Set For November 6th

9/28/2015

Villano Park Dedication and Opening Set For November 6th

 

    The Town of Hamden is pleased to announce that Villano Park (formerly known as Milrock Park) will be dedicated and opened to the public on November 6th 2015 at 2 PM.  The completion of the park culminates several years of planning and a year of construction.  Rochford Field is also nearing completion.  Rochford Field will be open for baseball in the spring of 2016.

    The Project Manager from the Hamden Economic Development Corporation reflects on the process of completing the park.  “We have had great partners and an excellent production team that have worked hard to get the project done within one season,” stated Mr. Kroop.

    The remediation and restoration of both Parks are in accordance with the Newhall Consent Order entered into in 2003. The Design of the parks was a collaboration between the Ct Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the Town of Hamden, Haley and Aldrich Engineering from Wethersfield CT and Stantec Corporation design firm in New Haven. The concept and engineering design process included numerous community meetings, the Park and Recreation Staff and Commission, Town officials and neighborhood residents. We tried to incorporate as many stakeholders as possible. “Mayors Jackson and Leng and Councilwoman Shomaker were all part of the process to bring to this to fruition. The community should be thankful that our leadership has been such an important part of the process“,  stated Dale Kroop. The project cost will be roughly 11.2 Million Dollars for both parks, with $800,000 for operation and maintenance of the parks for a period of up to 10 years. The Town of Hamden contributed $8 million and the CT DEEP contributed $4 Million.

    Villano Park is named after former Mayor of Hamden and state Representative Peter Villano. In 2014 the Hamden Legislative Council renamed Milrock Park as Villano Park for the man who helped to provide the leadership needed to redevelop the Newhall community in Hamden. ‘Peter Villano has a record of service rivaled by very few, and he’s known as a perfect gentleman from nearly everyone he’s worked with. He served with class as an effective leader in Hartford, advocating for working class and families and children in Hamden and has been a tireless supporter of his district and the Hamden community throughout his career. If anyone deserves this honor it is Peter Villano”, stated Mayor Curt Balzano Leng,

    Villano park includes many new elements from the previous park including playground equipment and splash pad for all ages of children, passive recreation features for seniors and an area for entertainment and performances. There will also be two basketball courts and new tennis courts open to the public. The entire park will also include new lighting and security features.

    The grand Opening will be held at 2 PM on November 6th and the park will be opened officially to the public.

    For further information about the Villano Park and Rochford Field project contact Dale Kroop at dkroop@hamden.com, 203-287-7030 or visit the site for the Newhall Consent order at newhallinfo.org

 

 


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