Sen. Seminara, Rep. Osborne applaud $$ for Simsbury Meadows

December 16, 2023

For Immediate Release

Simsbury lawmakers applaud $$ for Simsbury Meadows

State Representative Melissa Osborne (D – Simsbury) and Senator Lisa Seminara (R – Avon) are applauding the State Bond Commission for approving $900,000 in funds to support the growth of the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, the second largest outdoor venue in Connecticut.

This investment will go toward expanding and improving facilities as well as cultural events. Construction will include adding backstage, storage, office, and rehearsal space, and updating ADA compliance. Public facing permanent restrooms will also be added and extend service to the nearby East Coast Greenway and Rotary Park facilities.

“This funding news is music to our collective ears,” said Sen. Lisa Seminara, who represents Simsbury. “Simsbury Meadows is a gem – attracting visitors from throughout the region to experience world-class, unforgettable musical performances as well as family programming, festivals, athletics events, races, and markets. We also thank the governor for recognizing that Simsbury Meadows adds greatly to our quality of life. These funds will enable this respected venue to make strategic upgrades in order to continue to be a community magnet for the arts, recreation, and family fun.”

“This is a huge win for Simsbury because this unprecedented investment will attract bigger acts, drive economic development, and create additional jobs in our community,” said Rep. Melissa Osborne. “The planned expansion will allow the facility to reach its full potential by drawing more diverse, larger scale, and more frequent programming. Area hotels, businesses, event staff, and performers will reap the benefits of the added tourism.”

“I am grateful to everyone who championed this project and to Governor Ned Lamont, Speaker of the House Matt Ritter, House Chair of the State Bond Commission Rep. Ron Napoli Jr., and Deputy Director of Policy Zoë Gluck for their work and support in bringing these valuable funds to Simsbury.”

The site plan for the project has already passed the Conservation Commission and Design Review Board and will now go before Zoning for an anticipated approval. This shovel project will bring new vitality to Simsbury’s downtown throughout the season.

*Rep. Melissa Osborne is a member of the Appropriations, Judiciary, and General Law committees and represents the 16th District of Simsbury.

*Sen. Lisa Seminara is Ranking Senator on the Human Services Committee, the Aging Committee, and the Committee on Children. She also serves on the Education Committee and represents the 8th District, which includes Simsbury.