Facts About Danbury, Connecticut

 

Danbury is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, immediately east of the New York State border. Since its founding in 1684, Danbury has managed to preserve many New England traditions while providing for residential and Fortune 500 corporate growth. Greater Danbury residents participate in local organizations and contribute thousands of hours as volunteers. The diverse mixture of cultures and socio-economic levels has produced a cosmopolitan balance in a city where there is a place for everyone. The schools, churches and various organizations make it a good place to live and raise a family with a host of opportunities for entertainment and leisure time activities. The following lists are a sample of all that Danbury has to offer including educational facilities, medical facilities, recreation, arts, transportation and shopping. For additional information, visit the town's website at www.danbury.org.

PARKS & RECREATIONAL FACILITIES:

Bear Mountain Reservation - Rt. 37, 140 acres, JFK Hiking Trails, picnicking.

Candlewood Lake - 860-354-6928. 3rd largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi covering 800 acres.

Danbury Candlewood Park - Candlewood Lake, Hayestown Road. 11.1 acres. Swimming, beach, picnicking, boat launch.

Hatters Community Park - 7 East Hayestown Road. 32 acres. Playgrounds, ball fields, picknicking, fishing pond, bowling alley, hall for social functions.

Kenosia Park, Lake Kenosia, Kenosia Boulevard. 25 acres. Swimming, picknicking, boating, playground, pavilion, ice skating.

Old Quarry Nature Center - Mountainville Avenue. 39 acres. Trails, bird watching, nature programs.

Richter Park - Aunt Hack Road, 203-792-2550, 230 acres. 18-hole golf course , hiking, arts center, exhibits, concerts, summer, outdoor theater.

Rogers Park - Memorial Drive, 58 acres. Ball fields, tennis, picnicking, playground, pool.

Saugatuck Valley Hiking Trail System - Rt. 53 Redding. 203-938-2551. Devil's Den Conservancy (226-4991) and parts of the Redding Land Trust. 15 miles of marked, connected hiking trails through Redding, Weston and Easton. Historic and natural points of interest; 200 ft. cliff over reservoir. Additional 50 miles of hiking trails in Redding Land Trust. Map and trail guide (your permit) at Town Clerk's office and Library.

Squantz Pond State Park - off Rt. 39, New Fairfield, 860-424-3200. Boat launch, picnicking, swimming, fishing, hiking, cross country skiing, ice skating.

Tarrywile Mansion and Park - 70 Southern Boulevard. 203-744-3130. 545 acres. Hiking, workshops, events, Historic Victorian Mansion and gardens.


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MUSEUMS:

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art - 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, 203-438-4519

Danbury Railway Museum - Danbury Union Station, 120 White Street, 203-778-8337. Displays of railroad history and artifacts in restored Danbury Union Station with vintage railroad equipment in adjacent railyard.

Danbury Scott Fanton Museum and Historical Society - 43 Main Street. Formed in 1947 to acquire, preserve exhibit and interpret New England's past and present and particularly the heritage of Danbury. 203-743-5200

Military Museum of Southern New England - 125 Park Avenue, 203-790-9277. Extensive collection of anti-tank weapons, World War II military vehicles and more.

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THEATRE/CONCERTS/ARTS:

Charles Ives Center for the Arts - Westside Campus, Western Connecticut State University. 203-837-9226. Outdoor performance facility names in honor of Charles Ives. Founded in 1984, it has developed into a beautiful and popular concert site. Offering a varied seasonal program featuring world-renowned artists, symphony orchastras as well as pop, jazz and folk starts in a park like setting with gazebo. Picnicking, fireworks.

Musicals at Richter Inc. - 100 Aunt Hack Road, 203-748-MUSE

CityCenter Dining and Entertainment District - CityCenter Green, Ives Street. 800-848-DINE. Ongoing events, concerts, festivals.

Berkshire Theatre - Western Connecticut State University. Osborne Street. 203-837-8732

Danbury Theatre Company - St. James Church, 25 West Street. 203-790-1161

Wooster Community Art Center - 73 Miry Brook Road. Visual art classes, monthy art exhibits year round.

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MOVIE THEATERS:

Sony Danbury - 4-6 International Drive      203-796-7777

Bethel Cinema, 269 Greenwood Ave., Bethel       203-778-2100

Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown       203-426-2475

Bank St. Theaters 1&2, 48 Bank St., New Milford       203-354-2122

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POPULATION: (per 2010 Census) 79,285 in Danbury

DISTANCES TO/FROM DANBURY:

Albany, NY 116               
Atlantic City, NJ 185
Boston, MA 158
New York, NY 65
Philadelphia, PA 160
Providence, RI 127
Washington, DC 285
Connecticut Cities:
Bridgeport, CT 25
Greenwich, CT 37
Hartford, CT 60
New Haven, CT 35
Mystic/New London, CT 82
Norwalk, CT 22
Stamford, CT 30
Waterbury, CT 28

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EDUCATION:

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES:

Western Connecticut State University - Mid-town Campus on White Street and Westside Campus on Mill Plain Road, Danbury, 203-837-8200. More than 6,200 full and part-time students. Housing and classrooms on both campuses. Day and evening classes available for degree credits in more than 40 major undergraduate fields and graduate programs.

Within Commuting Distance of Danbury:

Naugatuck Valley Community Technical College - 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, 203-575-0328 x 2303. Associate degree programs of study and over a dozen certificate programs as well as an assortment of non-traditional learning experiences.
Danbury Campus - 183 Main St. Danbury, CT - Ph: 203-797-9361 F:   203-798-9682
M - F: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Bridgeport Engineering Institute - 5229 Park Avenue, 203-372-4395, evening college with programs leading to degrees of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering. Other programs lead to the degree of Associate in Engineering.

Fairfield University - North Benson Road, Fairfield, 203-255-5411, operated by the Religious Order of Jesuits. The institution offers complete programs of study in several schools, for the postgraduate, as well as the undergraduate: The College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Continuing Education, the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.

Sacred Heart University - 5229 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, 203-371-9441. Affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, Sacred Heart offers an undergraduate curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education and nursing.

Connecticut has four other public universities, including the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Yale University in New Haven and Wesleyan University in Middletown are within an hour's driving distance of Danbury.

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ELEMENTARY/SECONDARY SCHOOLS:

PUBLIC:

Great Plain School, Stadley Rough Road 203-797-4749 K-5
Hayestown Avenue School,
Hayestown Ave.
203-797-4771 PK-5
King Street School,
So. King Street (primary)
203-797-4744 PK-2
(intermediate) 203-797-4761 3-5
Mill Ridge School,
Mill Ridge Rd. (primary)
203-797-4781 K-2
     

Morris Street School, 28 Morris St. 203-797-4809 PK-5

Park Avenue School, 82 Park Avenue 203-797-4763 K-5

Pembroke School, Pembroke Road 203-797-4751 K-5

Roberts Avenue School, Roberts Ave. 203-797-4741 K-5

Shelter Rock School, Shelter Rock Rd. 203-797-4778 K-5

South Street School, 129 South Street 203-797-4789 K-5

Stadley Rough School,
Karen Road
203-797-4774 K-5

Broadview Middle School,
Hospital Ave.
203-797-4861 6-8

Rogers Park Middle School,
Rogers Park Road
203-797-4881 6-8

Danbury High School,
Clapboard Ridge Road
203-797-4800 9-12*

Alternative Center for Education,
Locust Ave.
203-797-4786 9-12

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NON-PUBLIC:

Immanuel Lutheran School,
35 Foster Street
203-748-7823 PK-8
Maimonides Academy of Western Ct. 203-748-7129 K-12
Sacred Heart, 17 Cottage Street 203-792-6194 K-8
St. Gregory the Great,
85 Great Plain Road
203-748-1217 K-8
St. Joseph School, 370 Main Street 203-748-6615 K-8
St. Peter's School, 98 Main Street 203-748-2895 PK-8
Immaculate High School,
Southern Boulevard
203-744-1510 9-12
Wooster School, Ridgebury Road 203-743-6311 K-12

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STATE REGIONAL VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL SCHOOL:
Henry Abbot Tech, Hayestown Avenue   203-797-4420 9-12

PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR ADULTS:
Danbury Educational Services Center, 1 School Ridge Road   203-797-4733

CHILD CARE / PRE-SCHOOL:

  • Action Day Care Center, 370 Main Street   203-743-3785
  • Anderson Montessori School, 5 Mountainville Road   203-743-9083
  • Cedargables Pre-School, 187 Clapboard Ridge Road   203-743-9654
  • Children's Center of Danbury, 41 East Pembroke Road   203-743-1578
  • Interfaith Day Care Center, 117 Osborne Street   203-744-6619
  • Kinder-Care Learning Centers, Inc., 123 South King Street   203-743-5427
  • Little Rascals' Nursery School, 15 Barnum Road   203-746-3500
  • New England Country Day School, 27 Kenosia Avenue   203-798-1964
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church Pre-School, 35 Foster Street   203-748-7823
  • Pitter Patter Pre-School, 4 Terre Haute Road   203-791-2161
  • RN Nursery School, Inc., 39 Sheridan Street   203-743-6007
  • St. Joseph's Readiness Center, 370 Main Street   203-797-0188
  • St. Peter's Learning Center, 98 Main Street   203-748-2895
  • Wee Wisdom, F.C.I., Route 37   203-743-3622
  • Westside Children's Center, 34 Wooster Heights   203-798-8011

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LIBRARIES

  • Danbury Health Sciences Library, Danbury Hospital, 24 Hospital Ave.   203-797-7035
  • Danbury Public Library, 170 Main Street   203-797-4505
  • Danbury Scott Fanton Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main Street   203-743-5200
  • Long Ridge Library, 191 Long Ridge Road   203-748-1011
  • Ruth A. Haas Library, 181 White Street, Western CT State University    203-837-9100 (Circ desk), 203-837-9110 (Ref. desk)
  • Robert S. Young Library, Western CT State Univ.203-837-9139 (Info desk)

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TRANSPORTATION

The Greater Danbury area is strategically located in Western Connecticut, affording easy access to the New York metro area, and New England. It is served by an extensive system of highways, including Interstate 84, which connects to Interstates 684 and 287 and the Saw Mill River Parkway in New York State; Route 7 south connects Danbury to Interstate 95 and the Connecticut coastline. All of this helps make Danbury a "crossroads", a gateway both to New York as well as the rest of new England.

The area boasts a growing mass transportation system which offers alternatives to the traveler. The Housatonic Area Regional Transit System's (HART) buses transport people throughout Danbury, as well as the surrounding towns and Metro North provides commuter rail service to southern Connecticut and New York from Danbury and all towns to the south. The areas transportation network will continue to expand and improve as long as people and financing are available to support it.

Additionally, Danbury has a municipal airport which serves the general aviation user. This is a tower-controlled facility with two runways - 3250 feet and 4400 feet in length, and is one of the busiest general aviation airports in New England. Charter services and plane rentals are available, as well as hanger space for company owned aircraft. The New York metropolitan area airports of Kennedy, LaGuardia, Westchester, Newburgh and Newark are within easy travel time, and offer connections to the world. Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks is just ninety minutes away. Daily limousine service to all area airports is available.

The region's location is superb from the perspective of freight movement throughout the east coast. The most populous region of the United States, from Portland Main, to Washington, D.C. is within one day service by motor freight. The Greater Danbury area is also served by rail freight service.

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SHOPPING

Numerous commercial centers surround the City of Danbury, and Downtown Danbury is a major center for retail shopping. Retail sales for the 10-town region are among the highest in the state , and annual increases reflect the area's continued growth and rising level of personal income.

Each town in the Greater Danbury area has a commercial center, reflecting the size of the town itself. There are a variety of department stores and specialty shops, along with many banking offices throughout the 10-town region. Major supermarkets and independent grocery stores abound, and there are a multitude of eating and drinking establishments throughout the Greater Danbury area.

The Danbury Fair Mall is located at the junction of Interstate 84 and Route 7 on Danbury's westside. It is the largest mall in New England with over 1.5 million square feet on 200 acres, encompassing more that 240 stores, including Filenes, Macy's, Sears, J.C. Penney, and Lord & Taylor. Adjacent to the Mall is Danbury Square, an additional concentration of major retail chain stores including Barnes & Noble.

Between Ridgefield and New Milford, the area along Route 7 offers a wide range of shopping opportunities from clothing to antiques and from food to automobiles. There are several shopping plazas located on Federal Road, Mill Plain Road, Downtown Danbury and Route 6. The North Street Shopping Center is located at the junction of North Street and Route 37, on the way to New Fairfield.

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MEDICAL FACILITIES

Danbury Hospital is a fully accredited, non-profit, voluntary hospital, with 450 beds and 26 bassinets, this hospital serves all of the residents of the Greater Danbury area, as well as those in bordering New York State.

Facilities and services include: linear accelerator, the most advanced tool for cancer therapy, Cardiac Catheterization, CAT Scanning, Renal Dialysis, nuclear medicine, a Coronary Care Unit, Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit, a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a 37 Clinic Outpatient Department. A recently completed Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center is the latest addition for detecting life-threatening diseases. Other services include a one-day surgery unit; an alternative for the patient whose surgery does not require an overnite stay, and an off-site Geriatric Health Center at 4 Liberty Street in cooperation with the Danbury Department of Health and the Danbury Visiting Nurse Association. The Hospital maintains a 24-hour, 7-day a week, Primary Care/Emergency Section. Also available are a 38-bed Psychiatric Unit, a 15-bed Detoxification Facility, a 26-bed Oncology Unit, a Cardiac Rehabilitation Gymnasium, and a 12-bed Physical Rehabilitation Unit, a specialized acute care Geriatric Unit serving the needs of the elderly and a newly renovated Neuroscience Unit, which serves medical and surgical patients with neurological problems.

The Medical staff consists of 395 physicians and 75 dentists. There are 2,700 full and part-time employees with the assistance of 600 active senior and junior volunteers. Danbury Hospital is a teaching hospital affiliated with the Yale University School of Medicine, New York Medical College and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. The Hospital also conducts an Emergency Medical Technician program with three fully accredited schools: Surgical Technologist School, Radiology Technologist School and Medical Technologist School.

Stroock Tower at Danbury Hospital houses family-centered maternal and infant care, a comprehensive outpatient center with 37 medical, surgical, mental health and dental services, and a 24-hour community pharmacy.

The hospital conducts scheduled health education programs which address a wide range of subjects and are open to the general public. The TEL-MED service includes a full listing of subjects on which anyone can obtain telephone information, or referral on health related subjects. Corporate Health Care, located at the hospital, is a separate facility which provides health care, preventative programs and maintenance plans tailored to meet specific needs of area businesses and their employees.