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MAYOR BOUGHTON DECLARES NEWLY-ACQUIRED LAND AS PUBLIC SPACE

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July 15, 2019

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Office of the Mayor City of Danbury, CT                                                             

Contact: Taylor O’Brien 203-797-4511

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2019


27-acres of land to become passive recreation in Danbury DANBURY, CT – The City of Danbury, as the beneficiary of the Will/Estate of the late Mr. Victor G. Westman, has acquired a devise of property amounting to 26.99 acres. The property on 52 Bear Mountain Road is broken into five parcels, one containing the home of the late Mr. Westman.

From his last will and testament, Mr. Westman specifically left his property to the City of Danbury for open space and passive recreational purposes. The City is grateful for this addition to our ever-growing open space inventory, which also includes the recent acquisition of 65- acres on Long Ridge Road.

“I was able to sit down with Mr. Westman and visit his property on several occasions, and I couldn’t be more thankful for his decision to will it to the city. The land will be a wonderful space to picnic or hike with your family and we can’t wait to get started on it,” said Mayor Boughton.

To honor Mr. Westman’s legacy and thank him for his generous gifts, we have named the property Westman Park.

In addition to this property, Mr. Westman donated several books to the Danbury Railway Museum and the Danbury Public Library. He also left his two automobiles: 1928 Ford Coupe and 1930 Ford Sedan, to the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association. He had a passion for railroads and collected several items throughout his lifetime, all of which are now the property of the Danbury Railroad Museum.