East Shore Park
New Haven, ConnecticutThis 90 acre tract was once part of the land the Townsend family purchased in 1798 from the Quinnipiac Indian Tribe. The Townsends harvested salt hay from the tidal marsh, selling it for packing material to the Sargent Hardware Company.
In 1923 Mayor David E. Fitzgerald wrote to the Townsend brothers, hy, Sr. and Dr. Raynham, imploring them to deed the property to the City of New Haven for a park. The brothers agreed to a sale at the assessed value af $15 par acre but with the written restriction the land be used for park purposes only.
In 1957 a committee of local residents, led by Henry Townsend, Jr. (Harry), successfully resisted an attempt to sell the property for industrial purposes. The park was completed in its present form as a recreational facility in the 1980's with the aid of state and federal funding. It stands as a monument to the Townsends and all those who kept the faith for future generations.