Heritage Park & Trail

Sponsored by: Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (S.H.O.P.)

Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity seeks to promote the Village as a family-friendly, pedestrian-oriented community that celebrates Sandy Hook’s unique historic heritage and beautiful natural setting.

Sandy Hook was the first settlement beyond the village of Newtown, the quaint little settlement that we know now started to form shortly after the first Gristmill was built on the Pootatuck River to utilize the water power of the substantial river. The village center businesses opened to serve the workers that located here to run the many industrial endeavors that followed.

In a statement from Michael Burton, S.H.O.P. President “The Heritage Park project has been 6 years in the making. It is a partnership between the Town, S.H.O.P., and many generous donors. Collectively, we are transforming a blight into a beautiful asset to the community. It will increase everyone’s property value and give the business community the ability to increase their volumes as a result of increased parking and recreational space.”

History & Purpose

The Heritage Park & Trail in Sandy Hook. is a community space on a piece of town-owned property that we lease for $1/year. The park will include a pavilion, 30 public parking places, and a green space that extends down to the river. S.H.O.P. continues fundraising for Phase Two of the project The Heritage Trail.

Thank You To Our Major Donors

• The State of CT
• The Town of Newtown
• Flint Ridge Development
• Newtown Savings Bank
• O&G Industries
• Target Enterprises
• Michael Burton Builders, Inc.

• Wes Thompson
• Newtown Board of Realtors
• Lenahan Tree Clearing
• Haynes Materials
• Cady Builders
• LRM Inc.

Phase Two

SHOP is working with Museum in the Streets to create a walking tour through our village. Visitors will be invited to follow a sign posted route, with accompanying essays to discover the history of our community. We want to tell our story through the images selected from the archives. We feel that Sandy Hook Village is a unique place, and we look forward to sharing our history!