|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!
CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION ON HOW TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUTURE OF FILLEY PARK!!!
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 (8/2016): Dredging of the pond (and final removal of the current water chestnut infestation) has been delayed due to an issue with the Army Corps of Engineers permit expiration and renewal process! That part of the project may 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! We'll keep you updated as we learn more...
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!
Three images below: Taken early on a steamy August 13th morning, the beauty of the park is obvious!
Images by Dennis A. Hubbs
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