DEEP: Seaside State Park Planning Project

Seaside Update
 
June 2016
 
 
 
May 2016

Connecticutís Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Administrative Services (DAS)  - Division of Construction Services, will host a final public meeting on Wednesday May 25, at 6 p.m., in the Waterford town hall auditorium, 15 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford, to present the Master Plan for the establishment of a new state park at the former Seaside Regional Center.

The state agencies, along with Sasaki Associates, Inc., and the master planning firm of Oak Park Architects, LLC, will present the Master Plan, based upon the recommendations and interests expressed by the public throughout the master planning process, which began in January, 2015.  Since that time, feedback has been obtained through public meetings, surveys, and a dedicated website.

An intensive analysis of the National Register-listed buildings to determine the market for adaptive re-use of the historic buildings was conducted by PKF Consulting, USA.  PKF Consulting conducted a feasibility study to determine whether market demand was sufficient for a public/private partnership to restore the buildings at Seaside as a state park lodge.  Their analysis indicates that a state park lodge of approximately 100 rooms and associated amenities such as a spa, meeting space,  and restaurant would be attractive to the hospitality development community,  based upon anticipated growth and demand for lodging in the greater Waterford area. 

View the full PKF Consulting Seaside State Park Redevelopment Feasibility Study.

The next steps in the process envisioned by DEEP include: a detailed review of the PKF report; an environmental analysis of the site as part of a more detailed planning process; and the potential for an RFP to solicit proposals from private parties for the build out and operation of a state park lodge.  There will be opportunities at various points in the process for further public comment and input.

 
Seaside State Park Planning Process
 
A new state park will be developed at the former Seaside Sanatorium in Waterford expanding shore-line recreational opportunities for Connecticut residents and visitors.
 
{Aerial photo of Seaside State Park}
(Photo by Joel Stocker)
 
A series of meetings were scheduled to provide information about the project and for the public to provide feedback on their ideas for future use of the Seaside lands for park activities and potential adaptive re-use ideas for the buildings, consisting of the Superintendentís House, the Nurses Quarters, the Duplex and the Sanatorium building.
 
On Wednesday evening, March 25 at 6:30 pm at the Waterford Town Hall, state officials and their design team held an open house on the Seaside State Park Master Plan.  The project team gave a short presentation on site, building and market analysis conducted to-date; and a report-back on input received to-date from stakeholders and the general public. Then, open conversation designed to facilitate one-on-one conversation between the community, State officials, and the design team occurred.
 
The Seaside State Park Master Plan Presentation Open House 2 explained the results of the first survey conducted to provide public input into the planning process.  The presentation included three options based on that public input:
  1. A Destination Park
  2. An Ecological Park
  3. A Passive Park
Meeting schedule:
 
 
Date Time  Location
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:00 pm Waterford Town Hall - Auditorium
15 Rope Ferry Road
Waterford
Wednesday
March 25, 2015
6:30 pm Waterford Town Hall - Auditorium
15 Rope Ferry Road
Waterford
Wednesday
February 4, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Waterford Town Hall - Auditorium
15 Rope Ferry Road
Waterford
Monday
December 15, 2014
7 p.m. Waterford Town Hall - Auditorium
15 Rope Ferry Road
Waterford
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please submit your comments/suggestions to DEEP.SeasideStatePark@ct.gov
 
 

Content last updated May 2016