The Riverfront Community Center and Park complex at 300 Welles Street, provides the citizens of Glastonbury a safe, peaceful and beautiful venue for events, exercise, recreation and nature worship.
It is conveniently located within walking distance, just off the central business district.
Formerly known as the Field Holstein Property, the area was a bulk petroleum storage facility. The fifteen oil tanks were not only an ugly sight, but also the source of excessive soil and groundwater contamination.
The location made a complete waste of the land along the scenic Connecticut River, an otherwise potentially valuable public attraction.
A vision to convert this eyesore and remediate the land transformed this anathema into a beautiful gem among the town’s many attractions that benefits the citizens in multifarious ways.
It began with a campaign to change public opinion and perception into an acceptance of the project. Subsequently, different studies and surveys confirmed the viability of the proposal. These in turn generated a handsome grant to fund the proposed development.
The Community Center is an affordable, multi-purpose facility. The atmosphere is conducive to many different types of social occasions: weddings, receptions, showers, meetings, conferences, church ceremonies, office, holiday or birthday parties, concerts, and other special events.
The facilities and accommodations include indoor and patio areas, additional rooms for larger gatherings, and meeting and catering facilities. The services provided are professional and well run.
The newest park in Glastonbury includes a baseball field that is lit for evening games, as well as lacrosse and soccer fields. Canine friends can socialize at the separate, adjoining Dog Park, and walkers can take their exercise along the many loops and trails that weave in and out with views of the scintillating river. The picnic pavilion, and tables set out along the paths allow for private family and friends’ gatherings.
Clearly marked trails meander off in all directions, towards many of the town’s historical and natural landmarks, delineating names and types of paths, mileages, features and facilities nearby. www.glastonbury-ct.gov.
Inviting trail signage tempts you to try them all out:
• The Riverfront Park Loop – THE STROLL (.67m)
• Welles-Naubuc-Main – THE STRIDE (1.07m)
• Welles-Main-Hubbard-New London – THE STRETCH (3.38m)
• Hubbard Green Loop – SILVER SNEAKERS (.40m)
• Riverfront Park – MULTI-USE TRAIL (gravel surface)
The Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce and Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department team up to feature public events like fairs and festivals.
July 2013 sees the Riverfront Music Festival being kicked off by Shaded Soul. The eclectic selection features Eaglemania, Uppercut, and the 102nd Army Band on subsequent weeks, providing music to suit all tastes.
Free parking and shuttle services are provided on concert nights from 200 Glastonbury Blvd.
The complex is a testament to forward thinking and wise development. A contaminated site was cleaned up, redeveloped and recreated into a safe haven for the community. It turned the long riverfront access into an asset for the community. And a large tract of open space was preserved against development and build-up.