Cove Island Park bridge gets burst of color from Stamford community

People from all over Stamford are coming together and walking away with so much more than just a common goal.

News 12 Staff

Jul 14, 2022, 10:09 PM

Updated 741 days ago

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People from all over Stamford are coming together and walking away with so much more than just a common goal.
An army of people of all ages have taken over the concrete bridge at the entrance to Cove Island Park in Stamford.
"The park is so beautiful, and the bridge was so dirty," said Laurie Newkirk, from Stamford.
Newkirk says she was walking over the bridge one day and felt it desperately needed some color.
Now it's all hands on deck after the city of Stamford gave a neighborhood grant to allow people in the community to give the bridge a makeover.
"This is a small project that can have a big impact and make so many people smile and bring that sense of kindness and community," said Newkirk. 
The subject of this project is water lilies, each one painted by hand.
"This is magical," said Rene Soto, the art director at the Stamford Senior Center.
Soto says these seniors' brush with greatness makes them feel they are making a big contribution.
"People think like senior center they just come here to play bingo or something else, we have a lot of things to give to them," said Soto.
One of the seniors there is 92-year-old Hilda. She says this group inspires her every day. She hopes this work will last for many years to come.
"It’s a legacy to pass on to my great-grandchildren and my grandchildren," said Hilda.
The next generations have also grabbed a brush.
"One little girl just said you know that five years from now someone's going to be walking by and they're going to look at this flower and they're going to say I wonder who painted it, and she's going to say I did," said Newkirk.
The painting should be completed next week.
Mayor Caroline Simmons will be on hand for the ribbon cutting on Aug. 2.


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