Friends of

Seaside State Park

 

Working to Preserve the natural resources of

Seaside State Park

and its historic buildings

 

About Us

Friends of Seaside State Park advocates for a future development of the park that focuses on the core concepts contained within its mission statement.  We believe it is important to protect the nature of this unique and dynamic coastal habitat while enhancing the park’s new fundamental role as open space for our citizens.  The existing buildings at Seaside have historic architectural significance, and retain the legacy of their renowned architect, Cass Gilbert. They are recorded on the National Register of Historic Places, and tell a unique story that deserves to be protected.

Seaside’s Story

The current Seaside State Park originated as a recovery center for tuberculosis patients in the 1930s and served various roles in CT State human services and healthcare into the 1980s when the facility was finally closed. In 1996 the state proposed to sell the Seaside property for private development but in 2014 the grounds were designated as a State Park under the guidance and control of the CT State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). In 2018 the state opened a bidding process to develop the park into a combined use open-space and hotel under a public-private partnership.  That has proved to be a complicated process that is still on going.

 

 

The Friends of Seaside State Park, Inc. (FOS) was established in 2018 to act as an advocate for protection and preservation of the newly established Seaside State Park in Waterford, CT.  The FOS is governed by a board of directors and is devoted to promoting and preserving the coastal habitat and historic buildings of this unique piece of shoreline in southeast Connecticut.

Become a

Founding Member of Friends of Seaside State Park for $20

1. Fill out the form
2. Click the button below to pay online or checks made payable to Friends of Seaside State Park, Inc. may be mailed to: P.O. Box 1061, Waterford, CT  06385

Click the button below to pay the $20 annual membership fee.

Seaside State Park

36 Shore Road

Waterford, CT 06385

Friends of Seaside State Park

PO Box 1061, Waterford, CT 06385

Membership@FriendsofSeaside.org