Meeting Oct. 27 will update residents on plans for Founder's Walk

There will be a public meeting to update people on the status of Founders' Walk and solicit feedback through a suggestion box on plans so far. The meeting will be held at City Hall on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.

Creation of a Founder’s Walk next to Milford Harbor is aimed at turning an abandoned road into a historic landmark and creating an attractive gateway to Milford’s downtown.

Milford’s 375th Anniversary Committee came up with the idea of creating a Founder’s Walk, which will connect the Memorial Bridge near SBC Restaurant to the Hotchkiss Bridge.

A preliminary plan calls for replacing the abandoned road alongside Milford Harbor with a landscaped walkway that will include history kiosks, tables, a veterans memorial wall, landscaping and related environmental improvements.

The state has given Milford $300,000 toward the project.

During a presentation last year, residents got a chance to look at slides of waterfront projects done in other communities, including Seaside Park in Bridgeport and walks in Glastonbury and Hartford. Some of the slides showed sculptures and other artwork and landscaping highlighting pedestrian walkways.

Project organizers have said the idea in Milford will be to bring people closer to the water to enjoy the views. Invasive plants will be removed to offer a better view of the harbor area, and some kind of protective fence will be constructed for safety.

Former State Rep. James Maroney, who came up with the idea for a Founder’s Walk, said the spot where the Hotchkiss Bridge meets the abandoned road is where the founders of Milford landed. So he thinks it’s a great idea to make the spot a bit more attractive.