STAMFORD, Conn. — Under sunny skies and a slight breeze, Stamford Mayor David Martin celebrated the opening of one of the city's “hidden gems.”
Do you know about the walking trail at Stamford's Kosciuszko Park?
Yes, I've been going there for years.
No, but I want to check it out.
No. I prefer to spend sunny days inside.
Following a four-year-long closure after Superstorm Sandy, city officials recently reopened the walking path at Stamford’s Kosciuszko Park.
“This is one of those hidden gems, and I’m glad it’s finally open for everyone to enjoy,” Martin said Monday afternoon.
The city said the park suffered “significant damage” after Sandy. The storm washed away loose stones and soil along the edge of the park.
In 2014, the city retained Diversified Technology Consultants to prepare documents to repair and reinforce the shoreline at the park.
The scope of the project included increasing the area of the park’s retaining wall as well as relocating the park’s pathway, benches and lighting.
The walking path, which is open to walkers and cyclists alike, runs about three-quarters of a mile around the park. But it is not well known, Martin said. “It’s a terrific walkway and more people should know about it,” he said.
The 7-acre park also includes a picnic area, baseball field and play equipment. It is located behind Pitney Bowes and is a stone’s throw from Harbor Point.
Funding for the project came partly from a $120,000 FEMA grant, according to Martin.
Shawn’s Lawns began work on the project at the end of 2015. The company completed work on the project this spring, Martin said.
While Kosciuszko Park is the latest city park to see upgrades, it is not the last.
Martin said the city is preparing to open the old Scofieldtown landfill as a park in mid-August.
Kosciuszko Park is located at the end of Elmcroft Road in the South End of Stamford.