‘We’re creating a destination for people to come,” said Fred Messore, Seymour’s economic development director. CMSC’s Associate Director, Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker, said the award recognizes them for utilizing one of their greatest assets – the river – and reconnecting it with the downtown.
According to its backers, Seymour’s business district will benefit from a plan to create a greenway along the Naugatuck River, reports the CT Post. CMSC supported this plan by awarding the Seymour Downtown Action Strategy project the 2014 Commitment to Main Street Award of Excellence.
The goal of the greenway plan is to reconnect the downtown with the river through extended trails and a linear park, taking advantage of a fish bypass ladder that is being constucted using funds from the CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Supporters of the plan believe people wanting to see the fish migrate upstream will be encouraged to stay and shop in the downtown stores.