#39: Elmwood Park

By

Elmwood Park, a lush jet of land in the middle of Main Street, is Danbury’s equivalent to the New York City’s Central Park.

 


 

Elmwood Park,

a lush jet of land in the middle of Main Street, is Danbury’s equivalent to the New York City’s Central Park.  The 1.5 acre park, which once served as Danbury’s town green, runs south from Boughton Street to the Food Bag.  It is home to a few maples, rolling walkways, benches, a welcoming pineapple-topped water fountain, a stunning, glacial September 11 memorial and, during the warm seasons, a lovely landscape of plants and flowers.

 

A blue and white plaque standing on the Wooster Street side of the park briefs Danbury’s history, from nearly being named “Swampfield” in the 1680s to Charles Ives and the booming hat industry of the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

The plaque is a bit of history all in itself – erected in 1974 by the City of Danbury and the Connecticut Historical Commission, it details Danbury’s role in the Revolutionary War and the infamous two day raid the British made on the city in late April, 1777.  Three casualties are listed, one of them a “Negro”.  Maybe it’s time for a new sign?

 

 

-Amanda Bloom

 

 

 

 

 

In honor of Danbury’s 325th anniversary, The 325 Project is a year-long compilation of 325 “things” that are great about the Greater Danbury area.

Submit your own 325! A paragraph or a few, and a photo or link to a video. Please include your name and city/town of residence. Email submissions to editor@themercurial.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 


by & filed under The Great Greater Danbury Project.