Sen. Hwang, Fairfield officials hope pollinator park can be a model

October 10, 2023

FAIRFIELD — A patch of land that was once a graveyard to a pair of fallen ash trees has since transformed into the town’s first year-round pollinator garden.

A mix of trees and perennial plants fill the garden space surrounding a clearing with benches and paving, where town officials recently gathered to celebrate the park’s completion.

The park, which opened earlier this year behind the Starbucks on Post Road, is home to an array of plant species that will be in bloom for the entire year once the town plants 3,000 bulbs ranging from tulips to daffodils to crocuses, said Tom Corell, the chair of Fairfield’s tree planting program.

“This is not just any park,” Corell said in a town release. “This is an example of collaborating with the community to turn a neglected area into prime space along the downtown corridor into a desirable park that visitors can walk through on wide sidewalks, sit on comfortable benches and enjoy the numerous new trees, shrubs, perennials and thousands of flowering bulbs.”