Wooster Square Park

Enjoying the Park, Post Isaias

The topical storm Isaias hit hard, with electricity out for many households for several days. Lots of pick-up is still going on, but people are still active in the park, picnicking or eating their pizza (see below), letting their kids run, and social-distanced visiting with friends.

Columbus Statue Removed

On June 24, the statue of Columbus was removed from Wooster Square Park after nearly 130 years. (see photo below) The process took several hours.
There were many people present to support the removal, many who objected to the removal, and others there who felt the removal was necessary to protect the statue, which can be used to educate future generations of all aspects of Christoper Columbus.

The statue being removed

Background: In the midst of this historic moment, rumors of possible defacing of the Columbus monument in Wooster Square Park had surfaced. Many community members came together to look for reasonable solutions. 

The Columbus statue was installed here to remind us of the Italian-American contributions to our City.  The decision was made to move it to a museum so that our residents can, if they choose, learn from our history and remember its full context — context that includes both the important contributions Italian immigrants have made to our city and nation, and also the horrible acts of violence that Columbus and other colonialists perpetrated against indigenous people throughout our history. 

Columbus statue was in Wooster Square Park
facing Chapel Street for nearly 130 years

No surprisingly, there has been lots of media coverage. Visit our “What’s Going On” page for some interesting links, including a letter from Mayor Justin Elicker, in which he names the committee that will study the issue and make recommendations for replacement.

Wooster Square Copes with COVID-19

Picnics have become even more common. Take out pizza is popular!

Lots of activity, but with social distancing, masks and respect.

The weekly Farmers Market is now pre-order pick-up only (by car, bike, or walking) behind Conte School. Pre-orderers are assigned a 10-minute time slot between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to keep things moving.
Lots of building activity has been going on all ver the neighborhood. This is the renovation of the long-vacant St. Michael’s Convent into the Lofts at 250 Greene St. The school and parish hall are also being renovated.

Like many restaurants, the iconic pizza spot, Sally’s on Wooster St. has moved outside but converting its parking lot to pleasant outside dining with well-spaced tables.

What We Do:

The Historic Wooster Square Association (HWSA) is dedicated to preserving, enhancing and celebrating the wonderful Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut. Learn more about what we do.

What’s Going On:

From the annual Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrations of local history to park and neighborhood beautification, it is a vibrant area. See what’s coming up and what’s happened recently. Click to see.

Join Us:

Our members are homeowners, renters, students, businesses and others who have a vested interest in ensuring that Wooster Square continues to be a beautiful, dynamic, and peaceful place to live and work. Join or renew your membership.

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