A Russian geologist reads a novel  (in Russian) while enjoying a brisk afternoon on the Green in downtown Waterbury . The benches might be replaced, or fully restored. Photo by John Murray

   As part of its Vibrant Communities Initiative, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation awarded Waterbury a $50,000 grant to create a Master Plan for the downtown Green.  Now, the public has the opportunity to offer ideas to redesign the Green, to make it a real vibrant center to be used by the public.  Some of the things we have a chance to look at is the actual design and layout of the Green, landscaping, art, safety, transportation, parking, monument conservation, benches, seating, electric needs, WiFi etc.  We’ll also decide what kind of events and activities would make the Green a lively and attractive place.

A tribute to Rochambeau, a french general who helped the colonists defeat the British in the Revolutionary War, is one of the many community events staged on the Green. Photo by John Murray

   The community meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 25th, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St.  The meeting is open to the public.  Contact Saranda Belica at sbelica@waterburyct.org for more information.