In 1883, Frederick Law Olmsted created a vision for what a public park on the Pequannock River in Bridgeport, Connecticut should be. He envisioned Beardsley Park as a refuge for the citizens of Bridgeport from the increasingly urbanized city. A place, to paraphrase his words, that citizens could “re-create” themselves, be gregarious, reflect, and be stimulated by nature. Over the past decades cities have been challenged to live up to Olmsted's vision and ideals. It is clear, however, that his ideals are as relevant today, if not more so, as they were over a hundred years ago. The Beardsley Park Plan provides the city and its citizens with a framework that will enable them to incrementally realize Olmsted's vision. OLIN's vision restores Beardsley Park's historic integrity while providing a robust landscape for the 21st century.
City of Bridgeport
Master plan phase one completed 2015