Saturday, January 01, 2005

Recreational park on horizon for Brooklyn

BROOKLYN-- First Selectman Maurice Bowen has dreams of hiking, boating and playing baseball.

They aren't dreams he has while sleeping, they are his ideas for a park that eventually will occupy 40 acres in East Brooklyn.

On Thursday, Bowen looked over an agreement for a $130,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Protection, which will be used to create the park that will include 3,550 feet of frontage along the Quinebaug River.

Bowen said the town will apply for a Community Block Grant to offset most of the cost.

The idea for the park started in 1999, when the town began finding opportunities to purchase land on the east side of town. The parcels, which are next to each other, soon showed potential of being more than empty lots. They include land the town already owned, land purchased around the same time and a parcel the state turned over to the town.

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