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Old 09-28-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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Hi all,
Relocating to CT. My son is two and is a seriously outdoors lover. Which of these communities has the most parks/nicest ones?
Also, any urban gardening scene in Fairfield county?
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Those are very different communities in general, varying widely in school quality, taxes, cost of living, overall feel, etc.

Based on parks, it's kind of a wash. They all have a decent amount of open space, except for Black Rock. Black Rock is not a town, but a small part of Bridgeport so of course it's going to have less parks.

Stamford and Fairfield probably have the cleanest parks out of those. Although Cranbury Park in Norwalk is very nice.

As far as total acreage it's Fairfield, but that doesn't really mean much on its own. There's a lot more to picking one of these towns and I think you'll be happy with the parks.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:47 PM
 
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Could you elaborate on the overall feel and school quality?

Last edited by Green Irish Eyes; 09-28-2012 at 05:00 PM..
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Black Rock is part of Bridgeport, which does not have great schools. Lots of issues there and I wouldn't recommend it, especially at the high school level.

Fairfield schools are among the highest ranked in the state and very well regarded.

Stamford and Norwalk schools are decent, but closer to average for the state (and some, like Norwalk's high schools, below average) and nowhere near Fairfield's.

You never mentioned your commute needs or budget, so it's really hard to make recommendations. We could all write really long posts about the various towns'/cities' characters, but we've got nothing to go off of so it would be a waste of effort.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:32 AM
 
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Black Rock is part of Bridgeport, which does not have great schools. Lots of issues there and I wouldn't recommend it, especially at the high school level.

Fairfield schools are among the highest ranked in the state and very well regarded.

Stamford and Norwalk schools are decent, but closer to average for the state (and some, like Norwalk's high schools, below average) and nowhere near Fairfield's.

You never mentioned your commute needs or budget, so it's really hard to make recommendations. We could all write really long posts about the various towns'/cities' characters, but we've got nothing to go off of so it would be a waste of effort.
I agree Fairfield schools are excellent but Stamford and Norwalk schools perform well below the state averages on standardized tests in all grade levels. I would not recommend either town if the OP is looking for good schools.

As for parks, Bridgeport is called the Park City and there is a good reason. It has a number of beautiful parks including Seaside Park, St. Mary's by the Sea, 90 Acres Park and Beardsley Park. Fairfield also has a number of very nice parks open to town residents including 5 beaches on Long Island Sound, Lake Mohegan and a lot of open space areas. Overall I would recommend Fairfield by far over the others. Jay
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:50 AM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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Bridgeport is called the Park City and there is a good reason.
Because you shouldn't park your car there?
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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I agree Fairfield schools are excellent but Stamford and Norwalk schools perform well below the state averages on standardized tests in all grade levels. I would not recommend either town if the OP is looking for good schools.

As for parks, Bridgeport is called the Park City and there is a good reason. It has a number of beautiful parks including Seaside Park, St. Mary's by the Sea, 90 Acres Park and Beardsley Park. Fairfield also has a number of very nice parks open to town residents including 5 beaches on Long Island Sound, Lake Mohegan and a lot of open space areas. Overall I would recommend Fairfield by far over the others. Jay
St. Mary's by the Sea is the nicest park in Bridgeport, IMO. No coincindence that it's in the heart of the nicest section of Black Rock.

I wouldn't go to Seaside Park. Though it's a nice park in terms of looks, it's not very safe from what I've heard.
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