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P&Z Member: Trumbull Fountain Needs Attention

The Parks Department recently cleared foliage around the fountain. The reconstruction is supposed to be part of an Eagle Scout project.

Parlor Rock Park was once a destination for area residents to sled in the winter and cool off in the summer.

Located in the woods, it was also accessible by train. Today, the tracks have become a biking and jogging trail.

The fountain that used to adorn the site has fallen into disrepair but Trumbull resident Jared Platt wants to remedy that for his Eagle Scout Project. Platt got the blessing from the Parks and Recreation Commission.

But Planning and Zoning Commission member Tony Silber wants the site to get more official treatment.

"The fountain is probably the last clearly identifiable remnant of what was once a large, famous regional amusement park in Trumbull. It really should be preserved. The fountain, unlike other ruins at the site, still has the original cornerstone (see the attached photo). It's the last direct connection to that time and place. But today, it's totally abandoned in the woods," he wrote in a letter to First Selectman Tim Herbst.

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"Parlor Rock surely is important to Trumbull. It was a high point in Trumbull's 215-year history. It is one of the town's most important historical legacies. Why would we let the amusement park's centerpiece fountain lie forgotten and in ruins, not 50 feet off the rail-to-trails pathway?" 

Platt explained his idea in a letter to Herbst.

"I think this is a part of Trumbull's History and I was hoping that the town could protect the fountain. I was also thinking it would be great for the people of Trumbull to have the fountain restored. The area can be cleaned along the trails where the fountain is and grass can be planted and some benches can be put in. Also it can attract runners or bikers who come every day on the trails, because they can just sit down and relax next to the fountain," Platt said.

louis September 19, 2012 at 01:20 PM
That is fantastic...will Michael Bolton be performing at the fountain, maybe we can take photos of cute little children on their way to school?
louis September 19, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Hey....where exactly was the iron age fountain constructed by the tribe of Mohegans in the middle of the forest? You cannot really tell from the picture!
Historical Society September 19, 2012 at 05:40 PM
There are no known photos of the fountain, but it supposedly had a large crane-like bird made from iron in the center with water flowed from its beak. It was near the croquet grounds. You can read a little bit more about Parlor Rock on the Trumbull Historical Society's website, Trumbullhistory.org. It is definitely a fascinating part of Trumbull's history!
Michael Champagne September 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
A fountain in the woods? You know what else it will attract? Vandals. (Yup, call me a cynic.)

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