‘Godfather of panorama structure’ now adorns Bridgeport’s Beardsley Park

BRIDGEPORT — Frederick Regulation Olmsted’s initiatives embrace among the nation’s most storied landmarks, together with New York’s Central Park and the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

However to Bridgeport residents, the Hartford native is greatest recognized for creating two of the most effective recognized sights — Seaside Park and Beardsley Park — within the aptly named Park Metropolis.

“Frederick Olmsted is a crucial a part of Bridgeport historical past,” mentioned Lynn Haig, Bridgeport’s director of planning. “We’re actually happy with having two Olmsted parks right here in Bridgeport.”

Haig and different native and state officers have been at Beardsley Park Tuesday for the disclosing of a bust of Olmsted, created by artist Louise Wiley. The bust was in honor of Olmsted’s upcoming 2 hundredth birthday subsequent yr.

The sculpture sits simply inside Beardsley Park, from the place Beverly Place meets Route 127 (also called East Principal Road). Its addition was a part of a prolonged highway enchancment challenge to East Principal Road that began in 2020.

The aim of the challenge was to enhance security on the part of East Principal Road between Evers Road and Beverly Place. The challenge included enhancing sightlines on the highway, including a sidewalk within the space and different modifications.

Throughout Tuesday’s dedication, Division of Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti referred to as Olmsted “the nation’s godather of panorama structure,” and counseled the work achieved on East Principal Road.

“When true partnerships exist, all of us win,” he mentioned.

These current on the occasion additionally included representatives of the State Historic Preservation Workplace and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Panorama Architects.