Ash Creek Clean Up - April 27, 2008

Ash Creek Enhancement Project

This morning the City planted 300 containers of American Beach Grass, 50 Beach Plum shrubs, 50 Sand Cherry shrubs, and 50 Staghorn Sumac bushes at the sand spit.  They didn't prepare the soil and don't plan to water the plantings (please click on Read More at bottom).  The forecast doesn't call for rain for the next five days, but let's hope there is enough moisture in the ground from recent rains for the plantings to take hold and that there was enough sand left after Tropical Storm Irene

City and DEEP Reach Agreement on Sand Spit Plantings

The City of Bridgeport will begin plantings tomorrow along the area facing the Sound, where the beach grass plantings had been scraped off earlier this summer.  The City met with the Ash Creek Conservation Association, the Black Rock NRZ, and the consulting firm that is working on the Parks Plan late this afternoon to share the plan and to begin to forge a spirit of cooperation in working together going forward.  There will be four different types of plants which will provide biodiversity and help to establish a dune community over time rather than the flat disturbed conditions that now exi

Storm Damage on St. Mary's Sand Spit


Fall Clean Up at Ash Creek

Please join the Ash Creek Conservation Association in a coastal cleanup of the Ash Creek tidal estuary from 8:30 AM to noon on Saturday, September 17, 2011.

This cleanup event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, which is coordinated in Connecticut by Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

Parks Master Plan Forum August 10, 2011

Approximately 55 residents attended the Parks Master Plan Forum at the Cesar Battalia School on August 10, 2011.  ACCA members and supporters comprised about 12% of the attendees and emphasized that natural areas had been left out of the online survey.  Please fill out the online survey which we discussed in an earlier post.  The Mayor would like to have 1,000 responses.  Be sure to write in the need for natural spaces and the need to protect the Ash Creek tidal estuary.

Mayor Finch Addresses Parks Master Plan Forum on August 10, 2011
Connect - First Goal for Bridgeport Parks Master Plan
Enhance - Second Goal for Bridgeport Parks Master Plan
Expand - Second Goal for Bridgeport Parks Master Plan
System Amenities - Bridgeport Parks 2011 Survey

Letter to the Editor on Dangers of Swimming at St. Mary's Sand Spit

A Letter to the Editor, by retired Bridgeport public nurse, Edie Cassidy, was published on August 11, 2011 in the Connecticut Post.


Creek presents real danger

In reference to Gail Robinson’s letter last week about the Ash Creek beach area, the safety issue needsto be reiterated. People must be re­minded about the extreme danger of even wading in the water between the Bridgeport side and the Fairfield side. Years ago there were a number of drownings in the creek because of the very strong current in the channel.

Public Forum on Parks Master Plan


The City is planning a discussion forum on the 2008 Parks Master Plan on August 10 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Cesar Batalla School, 606 Howard Ave, Bridgeport .  We hope you can attend as this will be an opportunity to get Ash Creek (and adjacent areas such as St. Mary's-by-the-Sea and Capozzi Park - the area across the street from the sandspit)  included in the Master Plan. 

Ash Creek Needs to be Included in Parks Master Plan

One of our Board members, Kraig Steffen, who also serves on the NRZ, was included in a meeting with Mayor Finch regarding NRZ Open Space Conservation issues.  He learned that the Mayor's goals for conservation appear to be closely aligned with our goals.  The 2008 Parks Master Plan for Bridgeport suggests some areas of possible common goals and objectives between ACCA and the City.  Ash Creek is only mentioned once in the Parks Master Plan and no plans or objectives are detailed for it. 

We want to be sure that Ash Creek is on the radar screen as a natural area that should be protected and preserved, therefore we have requested a meeting with the Mayor to discuss the longer term goals of protecting and preserving the Ash Creek tidal estuary as well as to have input into the sandspit restoration.  

The sandspit restoration is still in the discussion stages between the DEP and the City of Bridgeport.  We believe some restoration will take place, but we don't know how much.  Restoration can't take place until the fall as the summer heat would not be good for the beach grass plantings.