The Godfather of Landscape Architecture Now Decorates Beardsley Park in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT – Frederick Lowe Olmsted’s projects include some of the nation’s most famous landmarks, including Central Park in New York and the United States Capitol.

But for Bridgeport residents, the Hartford-born was best known for creating two of the most famous attractions – Seaside Park and Beardsley Park – in the aptly named Park City.

“Frederick Olmsted is an important part of Bridgeport’s history,” said Lynn Hague, Bridgeport’s director of planning. “We’re really proud to have two Olmsted Parks here in Bridgeport.”

Hague and other local and government officials were in Beardsley Park on Tuesday for the unveiling of a bust of Olmsted, created by artist Louise Wiley. The bust was in honor of Olmsted’s upcoming 200th anniversary next year.

The sculpture is located right in Beardsley Park, from where Beverly Place meets Route 127 (also known as East Main Street). Its addition was part of an ongoing road improvement project to East Main Street that began in 2020.


The aim of the project was to improve safety in the section of East Main Street between Evers Street and Beverly Place. The project included improving the visibility of the road, adding a sidewalk in the area and other changes.

During the dedication on Tuesday, Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph Juliet called Olmsted “the godfather of the nation’s landscape architecture” and praised the work done on East Main Street.

“When there are real partnerships, we all win,” he said.

The event was also attended by representatives of the State Service for the Preservation of Historic Sites and Chapters in Connecticut of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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