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Open houses planned as Middletown initiative considers reuse of brownfields Public recreation, health focus of initiative

20 May 2016 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By Kathleen Schassler, Middletown Press CT)

An indoor farmers market, skating rink and potential brook-side trail between the Connecticut River and Wesleyan University’s campus were all ideas suggested during two bus tours Saturday of area brownfields. 

More than three-fourths of city residents do not use the parks for recreation, according to a recent survey by Middletown on the Move, a grant-funded program. Citing a lack of quality amenities as a reason, just 23 percent of people say they use city parks, according to Patrice Barrett, the city’s brownfield community outreach coordinator.

The Middletown on the Move initiative, to study the use of brownfield sites for public recreation, is paid by a $143,970 grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was awarded last year through a CDC division focused on effects of hazardous substances in the environment.

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