Bob Suhr has spent most of his life in California, but he has such fond memories of his childhood in Norwalk that he wanted to give back to the city in a big way.
With Suhr’s $100,000 donation, the city plans to build a new park along Main Street in his honor. Suhr considered a number of locations, but the property Norwalk recently acquired through a land deal with Berry’s Restaurant proved to be an ideal place, Mayor Sue Lesch said.
Located at 37 W. Main St., the park will extend nearly a block to the Frontier Communications building and feature grassy areas, wide brick walkways and large canopy trees. Its focal point will be a large bandstand serving as a stage for public events. Across from the bandstand, there will be tables and chairs as well as a brick sitting wall that will accommodate a large crowd.
“We are so grateful to Bob Suhr for this tremendous gift to our community,” Lesch said Tuesday as the city accepted the donation. “Suhr Family Park will be a signature spot for local events, and soon become a landmark feature in Norwalk just like our historic buildings and Carnegie Library.”
Norwalk also received good news about two grants this week: A grant to hire a police officer for the next three years, and a wetlands preservation grant to use to protect wildlife on the site of the city's future soccer park.
Read more about the grants in Thursday's Register.