Civic Committee’s Pocket Park Project at Fairfield Public Library
The Fairfield Garden Club, having celebrated its centennial in 2015, maintains its long tradition of involvement in civic projects. Over the years, the Club has been committed to conservation, education and beautification efforts for the benefit and enjoyment of all Fairfield residents.
The Fairfield Garden Club was instrumental in planting the original shrubs and flowers around the gazebo on Sherman Green, a beloved gathering place in the center of Fairfield. While the plantings continued to enhance their setting, they had matured over time and had begun to lose their original proportions. In 2015, the Civic Committee Chairs determined that the gazebo could benefit from an update on the plantings. In the spirit of conservation, an ideal solution was to relocate the healthy, but now mature, shrubs to a nearby space to create a Pocket Park on the west side of the Fairfield Public Library. Many people use this space as a walkway to reach the Post Road from the Library parking lot.
With substantial help from the Town’s Tree Warden, Jeff Minder, and a team from the Fairfield Department of Public Works, the plantings were relocated, and a new design was implemented for the gazebo.
This project continued for several years with the creation of a bluestone and gravel walkway. The Pocket Park includes two benches purchased with The Fairfield Garden Club’s civic funds. The benches are in the same style as those found in front of the Library on the Post Road and elsewhere around town.