The New Haven green is the heart of the Elm City, and is a national historic landmark district and could soon be getting some upgrades.
Some of the improvements won’t be noticeable, while others will be a much-needed and welcomed addition.
It has been decades since any significant work has been done to the 16-acre park, but the city is moving forward after getting a $1 million grant earlier this fall from the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development.
The work would include underground conduits for data and electrical use, and improved lighting will be added to help with security and safety.
"When it’s dark at night, it could use some lighting. You don’t really want to walk around here, it can be a little scary, so if they were to upgrade, it would be better for everyone,” said Patrick Spano, of New Haven.
New Haven police have already upped their presence, working to make the green more inviting.
"They've been cracking down on the undesirables and its cleaning it up,” said Deidre Yates of New Haven.
There would also be grading, drainage, irrigation of the green, and work on the entrances and walkways.
Future plans to eventually upgrade the stage and lighting systems used for special events like the Festival of Arts and Ideas, the New Haven Jazz Festival, and summer concerts are being discussed.
"Lights, we need all of that stuff, just to make you feel safe. There are college students here, big businesses here. All that stuff would matter,” said Cheyanne Lewis of New Haven.
Before the improvements get the final go-ahead, the full Board of Alders still needs to sign off.
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