“We are proud in Bridgeport to be known as the Park City. We know the benefits that parks like Puglio Park provide for our children, our community and our environment. By adding new parks and improving the ones we have, we’re closer to reaching our goal of giving every family a park or playground within walking distance.” – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch
- WHO: Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, City Council member Michelle Lyons, City Council member AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia, community leaders.
- WHAT: Announcement of the completion of playground improvements at Curiale School.
- WHERE: Puglio Park, adjacent to the North End Library, 3455 Madison Ave., Bridgeport, Conn.
- WHEN: 12:00 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015.
Bridgeport, Conn. (July 17, 2015) – Saturday, Mayor Finch, City Council members Michelle Lyons and AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia, and community leaders will announce renovations recently finished at Puglio Park’s playground and fields in Bridgeport. Puglio Park is located off of Madison Avenue by the North End Library.
Improvements to the park included a brand new playground, complete with wheelchair-accessible ramps. The playground includes swings, a climbing wall, a lookout station, slides and more. A splash pad area can be found next to the playground for kids to play in on summer days.
“We are proud in Bridgeport to be known as the Park City. We know the benefits that parks like Puglio Park provide for our children, our community and our environment,” said Mayor Finch. “By adding new parks and improving the ones we have, we’re closer to reaching our goal of giving every family a park or playground within walking distance.”
The playground and splash pad are surrounded by a grassy area for kids to play on, all bordered by a double fence for added safety.
The two soccer fields found behind the playground also received some renovations. Turf was added in place of grass, allowing for easier upkeep and better drainage.
Under Mayor Finch’s administration, the city has renovated and created over 100 acres of parkland. These improvements are part of Mayor Finch’s effort to give every family in Bridgeport access to a park or playground within walking distance.
Bridgeport is called the Park City, and it wants to make sure it’s living up to its name while improving the quality of life for its residents. Bridgeport is creating new parks and revitalizing old ones to give kids cleaner air to breathe and to revitalize neighborhoods.
Living up to its name as the Park City isn’t just so Bridgeport kids have cleaner air to breathe, it also makes sound economic sense. A recent study found that Bridgeport parks serve as a catalyst for neighborhoods, attracting investments and economic development. That’s a tangible win/win for families, businesses and the city.
In addition to the Puglio Park renovations, Mayor Finch recently opened Knowlton Park, a waterfront park along the Pequonnock River. The Mayor and the City of Bridgeport also continue to make improvements to the newly reopened Pleasure Beach, including the addition of a new playground.