We are accepting applications for our summer internship program. The Park includes sites of national and historical significance in and around the City and Town of Groton and the City of New London, including Fort Griswold Battlefield and State Park and the Avery-Copp House in Groton, Fort Trumbull State Park and the Hempsted Houses in New London and more than a dozen others.
On Sunday, July 3rd we gathered with many stakeholders and members of the community to celebrate the official launch of the Thames River Water Taxi. We put together a video to mark this wonderful occasion.
Thanks so much to all the members of the Transition Team, Steering Committee, Foundation Board, local government, Thames River Water Taxi LLC, and the community at large for helping make this dream a reality!
If you haven’t yet had a chance, please come down for a ride. Schedules and information can be found on the water taxi page.
Please keep an eye on the blog, and on this page for further details. We will be posting updates as they happen.
The Transition Team hopes that everyone interested in the new Heritage Park can join in celebrating the “official” opening of the water taxi service on July 3rd, even though it will already have been running for a few weeks. But at the time of the party all the kinks should be ironed out (if there are even any kinks to iron) and the taxi will be running smoothly and on schedule.
There’ll be a ribbon cutting at Pier 7 in new London’s Fort Trumbull and a short program from 3-4pm. Your faithful blogger does not know if there will also be cake, but she hopes so. Never pass up the opportunity to eat cake at Fort Trumbull, is what I always say. View the complete invitation here.
And for those of you who haven’t heard, the newly formed agency, the Thames River Heritage Park Foundation, is offering Charter Memberships, which entitle you to unlimited water taxi rides, an end-of-season exclusive cocktail party and other discounts and incentives, so be sure to look into this too. Find more info on our website here.
But whatever you do, stop by Fort Trumbull on July 3rd and meet the crew of the water taxis, hear what we’ve got planned all along the river for the summer, and enjoy Fort Trumbull, one of the area’s great parks.
The Communications Committee of the Transition Team met with Thames River Water Taxi Captain Jackie Dietrich last week, as we went over scheduling and pricing plans for the summer. The Water Taxi should be taking its “maiden voyage” on June 10th, and depending on passenger interest they’ll be adjusting their pick-up and drop-off schedule as the season progresses. But expect it to run from Friday to Sunday starting at 10AM and going till 9PM. One “loop” of the sites takes approximately an hour.
Here’s a link to their schedule page.
One of the ways in which we hope that the public (that’s YOU), the heritage sites, and local businesses help us with as the summer progresses is by providing as much feedback as possible. This is the first Heritage Park in the state, and all of us are on a shakedown cruise—no one has done this before. We need your suggestions, comments, questions, concerns (praise is good too) on anything you can think of: park accessibility, hours of operation, water taxi issues, prices, signage, access to businesses, information services, transportation, lack of ice cream vendors . . . anything you can think of, let us know! We want to make this Heritage Park a success for everyone.