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5/27/2015 - Bridgeport’s Seaside Park Named Best Beach in Southwestern Connecticut

“We’re dedicated to creating better parks for the Park City. Seaside Park is an integral part of our vision of improving the quality of life for all Bridgeporters.” – Mayor Bill Finch

Bridgeport, Connecticut (May 27, 2015) – With the start of summer, Bridgeport’s very own Seaside Park won the Connecticut Post reader poll, naming it the best beach in southwestern Connecticut.

Seaside Park occupies 325 acres of beach, fields, and glades on the Long Island Sound here in Bridgeport. The award winning beach spans three miles of the coast and is open every day from 8:00AM to 8:00PM.

“We’re dedicated to creating better parks for the Park City,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “Seaside Park is an integral part of our vision of improving the quality of life for all Bridgeporters. Thanks to the efforts of our hardworking Parks and Recreation Department for keeping the beach beautiful and helping make Seaside Park the best beach in Fairfield County. This recognition is further proof that Bridgeport is getting better every day.”

“Seaside Park continues to be an attraction for Bridgeport residents and people from throughout the region,” said Parks Director Charles Carroll. “We’re looking forward to another successful summer at Seaside Park.”

Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York City, were the architects of Seaside Park. Work began on the park after the Civil War and took decades of construction to take on its current form.

P.T. Barnum also played a critical role in creating Seaside Park. Bridgeport's most famous resident envisioned the first marine “rural” park in the United States. His vision was to give “all future generations the benefits and blessings of Seaside Park.”

For more information, please contact Brett Broesder at (203) 257-1049 or  brett.broesder@bridgeportct.gov.