Lyman Allyn museum grounds ready for $4.5M facelift

A new piece of state funding in the form of a $1.6 million Community Investment Fund award announced this month, which requires final approval by the state Bond Commission, will enable the museum to fully realize Allyn’s wishes by transforming 12 acres of grounds into an “urban art park,” Quigley said. The park will feature a pedestrian path, pollinator meadow, eco-friendly waterfall and filtration pond, along with a restored entrance lawn and new parking area. Quigley said upgrade work is slated to begin in May or June and be finished by next summer. The museum will remain open during construction. Other master plan improvements, including the construction of 250-seat open-air amphitheater, and a refurbished 9/11 memorial garden, will be tackled later.

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