Norwalk celebrates new visitor’s docks

From left, Connecticut Port Authority Executive Director Evan Matthews, Port Authority Board Chairman Scott Bates, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) cut a ribbon to celebrate Norwalk’s new visitor’s docks. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:


Connecticut Port Authority, City of Norwalk  Kick-Off Summer by Opening New Visitor’s Docks 

Project is Latest Completed with Small Harbor Improvement Grant  

(Norwalk, CT) – The City of Norwalk and the Connecticut Port Authority are celebrating the re-opening of the newly reconstructed Norwalk Visitor’s Docks. The project, which is completed in time for increased Memorial Day weekend use, is part of the CPA’s Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP).

Using funds set aside for maritime projects statewide, the CPA and the City of Norwalk each invested more than $908,000 to complete the project. The entire project cost an estimated $1.8 million. The visitor’s docks are the main public access point for Norwalk Harbor, and provide daily and overnight docking for boaters passing through the area.

Scott Bates, the Chairman of the Port Authority, said, “At the Port Authority, our job is to invest in maritime projects that grow the state’s economy. By rebuilding the Norwalk Visitor’s Docks, we not only improve the safety and reliability of the infrastructure, but we also make it easier for visitors to experience all that Norwalk has to offer.”

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Port Authority on this long anticipated project,” said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. “Residents and visitors to Norwalk will be able to safely access our vibrant waterfront all summer long, and enjoy the beauty of Long Island Sound for years to come.”

In December of last year, the Connecticut Bond Commission authorized the allocation of $5.4 million to the CPA, to fund 18 SHIPP projects across the state. The Norwalk visitor’s docks project is one of the first to be completed this year.

Background on the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP)

The Connecticut Port Authority coordinates the development of Connecticut’s ports and harbors, while working with other state, local and private entities to maximize the economic potential of the state’s maritime commerce and industries. In pursuit of this mission, the CPA created SHIPP as a central part of its strategy to support economic development throughout Connecticut’s waterfront communities.

About the Connecticut Port Authority


The Connecticut Port Authority is a quasi-public agency whose mission is to grow Connecticut’s economy and create jobs by strategically investing in the state’s three deepwater ports and small harbors. For more information visit www.ctportauthority.com.


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Patrick Cooper May 25, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Ah yes. Another day, another ceremonial ribbon cutting by our ceremonial mayor. The functioning mayor – the operating mayor – Ms. King – is likely back at the office, deciding between the pink Porsche Cayenne or the canary yellow BMW X5 she’ll buy with the raise.

No doubt this is needed. Media and academics from across the globe will soon flock to Norwalk to witness a massive modern day boondoggle – the walk bridge. They will have to arrive by boat, because I-95 will be permanently gridlocked due to mall traffic, and metro north will be screwed by the bridge work. ABC had a show in the works – the “Next Bridge to Nowhere” – but they pulled it knowing the locals would take offense.

Can’t believe they accepted a Red ribbon – that connotation is affiliated with the GOP.

Rick May 26, 2018 at 12:35 am

nice work it looks great it was getting here that caused concerned a note from the Ct DEEP pretty much sums it up .

“Immediately, please do not reuse the approximately 1,040 cubic yards of organic material stockpiled within the parking lot at the site until such material has been properly tested and you have received written authorization from the Department,” wrote Brian P. Thompson, director of the DEEP’s Office of Long Island Sound Programs Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse.

“In addition, the Department will require you to enter into a Consent Order and pay a civil penalty for the unauthorized work completed a this site prior to any authorization to reuse the excavated material or place in new backfill material,” Thompson continued in the Notice of Violation dated March 13.

Penalties of up to $1,000 a day may be assessed for each day of each violation under state law, according to Thompson.

What is the condition of the soil around the new docks is another question.

With that said what has changed in handling toxic sites in the city.

Those who were sitting there looking out into the park should wonder if the park is clean, the Redevelopment authority has said it needs to be cleaned up whats the facts on Vets park?

Its nice we gain a new dock but within feet is trouble brewing and where is the money going to come from?

Has the new power line crossing the river been decided on? One plan was to go right thru this new ribbon cutting area has that been changed? What a shame that would be to rip that all up again.

Maybe a note from the Norwalks communication director is in order.

PIBerman May 26, 2018 at 2:27 pm

How many overnight visitors use the City docks ? Are dock prices competitive with downriver private marinas ?

Debora Goldstein May 26, 2018 at 4:59 pm

The good news is, the docks have been built with state money. The bad news is, Eversource is going to run the 115kv transmission lines right between the pilings and underneath the park, likely without any environmental review.

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