The success of the plan depends on strategic partnerships. Throughout the master plan process Sasaki sought partnership opportunities for the Park City and found the right fit in the Trust for Public Land. Working in American cities and suburbs to ensure access to safe outdoor environments, the Trust's Parks for People initiative aligned perfectly with Bridgeport's desire to increase urban vitality and livability through its park system. And now, thanks to the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the Trust is able to conduct a feasibility study that will allow the Trust to determine where to develop new open space and how to renovate existing parks.
Sasaki principal Jason Hellendrung is looking forward to today's launch. "It's been a pleasure to work with the Park City over the last year and an honor to be a part of the implementation process, especially now that the Trust and the FCCF are involved in the project. All the positive energy behind this effort is truly amazing."
The Parks Master Plan will improve existing parks in the system, better connect Bridgeport's neighborhoods, support economic development, and create a sustainable open space network with green infrastructure along the sound, rivers, and creeks.