On this page we'll be updating you on the progress of renovations and improvements to Bloomfield's Filley Park and Pond. Phase one of the enhancements is nearing completion as weather improves, which will include additional plantings and finishing touches to the landscape. Phase two - the implementation of pond dredging, removal of the old dam and the installation of a new dam and fish ladder will be proceeding soon. Donations will eventually be needed to fill in funding gaps in order to take on Phase three. That will include a brand new building and many other additions and enhancements. Please check back often for further updates and for ways in which you might be able to help reach our goal!

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For a map of planned renovations, please click here! (Note on the map that Wash Brook will be routed around and not through Filley Pond as is the case now)

UPDATE (10/2016): Dredging of the pond has been delayed due to an issue with the Army Corps of Engineers permit expiration and renewal process! That part of the project will not occur until next Spring, HOWEVER, due to the actual existing renovation plan, completion of Phase Two dredging and dam removal will still end close to the original Fall, 2017 timetable! New streetscape lamp post lighting has been installed and is now on along the sidewalk during the evening... Take a drive by and check it out!!

August 18, 2016 Statement from our Town Engineer about the current landscaping and geese situation!

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 Please enjoy the following images of the park and pond!

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The park in autumn - a lovely place to enjoy nature!

A pair of resident geese paddle along in early morning fog...

The State of Connecticut inspects an invasive European Water Chestnut infestation that was subsequently removed the following Spring, 2015...A new infestation in 2016 was sprayed and should be removed permanently with Phase Two dredging...

Groundbreaking for Phase one...

Work began on Phase one in 2015...

The new "Streetscape" taking shape along Tunxis Avenue...

Visitors relaxing in early Spring (April), 2016...

May, 2016 - Spring finally comes to the park...

...as Phase One landscaping continued on and near the new entryway.

Above and below: As of June, 2016, landscaping of the entryway was about complete...Bases for the new street lighting have been installed and new sidewalk along the park frontage is finished...

July 2016 - Unfortunately, the invasive European Water Chestnut is back, but a re-spray has been done. Results are still in question. Dredging should permanently eliminate the issue!

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FILLEY PARK - A BRIEF HISTORY

1910

Alfred (Newberry) Filley donates 6˝ acres on the east side of “Whirlwind Hill” to Village Improvement District; named “Filley Park."

1911

Easement acquired to build a road & bridge to connect the park across Wash Brook to Tunxis Avenue.

1930

Wilbur Filley & Grace [Filley] Bidwell (nephew & niece of Alfred Filley) donate 5 acres of meadow extending the park across the brook to Tunxis Avenue.

Early 1930s

Original earthen dam constructed & Scott Trail created on west side of the brook; named for James W. Scott.

1940

Additional 1 acre of frontage along street acquired for park.

1942

Channel dug on west side of pond creating the island.

1959

Winter Carnival at Filley Park draws over 2000 attendees to skating performance! Also, Town assumes maintenance of park and expands the park to present size.

1960

Current concrete dam installed.

1979

Town acquires ownership of Filley Park from the Bloomfield Village Improvement Association

 

 

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Three images below: Taken early on a steamy August 13th morning, the beauty of the park is obvious!

New streetscape lighting is now in place and on during the evening, along Tunxis Avenue!!

Images by Dennis A. Hubbs

  

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