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Hopefully some of you had a chance to take a bus tour of the Woods a few weeks ago.
Since many of us did, and because several of us met after the DuPont informational meeting last week to discuss business, we have made some changes to our schedule.
Details about this property can be found below and at our website: Friends of Remington Woods
Remington Woods, a 422 acre urban open space, should be off-limits for development and instead should be preserved as a park or open space for the people of Stratford, Bridgeport and surrounding towns. Yet certain politicians won't let go of their dream to destroy this space - their most recent proposal is to build office buildings and a hotel on this property. There are plenty of true brown fields in the area that should instead be cleaned up and used for office space and hotels, not a precious and rare urban open space such as this one. That's why we've created a petition to Mayor Bill Finch, Mayor John A. Harkins, Ellen J. Kullman, CEO, Dupont, The Connecticut State House, The Connecticut State Senate, Governor Dan Malloy, Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT-1), and Sen. Chris Murphy (CT-2), which says: "Stop politicians' efforts to develop Remington Woods in Bridgeport & Stratford, which at 422 acres is one of the largest unprotected urban open spaces in the northeast."
Will you sign? Click below to add your name: Sign the petition: Save Bridgeport's Unprotected Open Space
At about half the size of New York's Central Park, Remington Woods is a 422-acre forest in the heart of one of the most densely populated urban centers in the Northeast. This unique parcel of land encompasses a 23-acre lake, hardwood forest, meadows and wetlands including vernal pools. 344 acres lie within the borders of Bridgeport and the remaining 75 acres lie within Stratford. Virtually undisturbed since colonial times, Remington Woods is a one-of-a-kind ecosystem -- a large, isolated, contiguous, natural, urban wildlife preserve where Eastern wood turtles, night heron, sparrow hawks, wood ducks, raptors, turkey vultures, amphibians, fresh-water fish, fox, raccoons, deer, and coyote make their home.
Approximately 25 acres of the property were used as an ammunition testing and storage site during the 1930’s and 40’s, and some environmental remediation is required, but Hammonasset State Park in Madison, a former Defense Department artillery range with similar issues, was remediated to residential standards and is now used by thousands of residents each year for recreation and camping!
For a more complete look at Remington Woods, click on the picture below
Can you imagine New York City without Central Park? Just as New Yorkers see that incredible space as the core of its city’s spirit, future generations will see Remington Woods as a key to Bridgeport’s soul. Remington Woods can be an important step in the rebirth of Bridgeport and an important asset for all of Fairfield County!
CT Post article on recent proposal