Your generosity lets us continue our work to enhance and revitalize the celebrated Merritt
The iconic historic bridges are being cleaned and restored. We continue to provide professional
expertise to work closely with the DOT on restoration and preservation of the original design of
the bridges. This coming year we will continue to monitor the repair and restoration of several
additional bridges including much needed work on the Talmadge Hill Railroad Bridge in New
Canaan and the North Avenue Bridge in Westport.
The charming service areas in Fairfield and Greenwich have been completed. We work in
partnership with the developer to preserve the exteriors of the buildings. The buildings have
been restored to the 1940s design, with the original brick and stone exposed; original trim color;
matching the original slate roofs; installation of replica clocks; windows similar to the originals;
wooden shutters; limited signage and no garish logos on the buildings. The gas station canopies
have been relocated and designed to blend into the surrounding landscape. In the upcoming
year, we will continue working with the developer and DOT on the restoration of the New
Canaan service areas.
The bucolic landscape in Stamford is being replanted after our review and comment on the
landscaping plans. We will continue to advocate for funding to restore the landscape in the
areas impacted by DOT's tree removal program. In addition, we continue to advocate against
development and recreational pressures that would affect the beauty of the Parkway.
The Merritt Parkway Conservancy relies solely on tax-deductible contributions and
foundation grants to fund its activities. We are the only nonprofit dedicated to protecting this
historic greenway. Your year-end contribution at any level is critical to helping us to ensure that
the Parkway will be enjoyed for generations to come.
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