Grand Opening of the Riverwalk Gazebo

Grand Opening of the Riverwalk Gazebo
Posted on 10/17/2023

The grand opening of the new handicapped-accessible gazebo on the Wilton Riverwalk took place on Saturday October 14th at 11:00 a.m.

cupolaThe 16-foot octagon gazebo sits on the bank of Stony Brook next to the original Riverwalk path, and has a wheel-chair accessible ramp and several interior benches. The copper-roofed cupola design reflects the historic Town Hall and is topped with a Great Blue Heron in flight - the Wilton Riverwalk project mascot.

SignFunding for the gazebo was made possible through a generous AARP Community Challenge Grant, with additional contributions by the family of Doctor Raymond Galloway, long-time Wilton physician, and the Wilton Alliance (  It was constructed through the hard work of community volunteers. In addition to offering a new gathering space in downtown, the gazebo serves as an observation platform for the new Wilton Senior Citizen Science Program.

Matt FishThe festivities were kicked off by Select Board Chairman Matt Fish, who talked about the significance of the gazebo for our downtown, and thanked AARP, the Galloway family, the Wilton Alliance, and all the volunteers who made it happen.  The full text of his speech can be found HERE. 

Jennifer BeckHe was then followed by Jennifer Beck, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, who discussed the Wilton Senior Citizens Science Program, and announced a upcoming contest to name the Great Blue Heron – watch for details on the website and Facebook.
  The full text of her speech can be found HERE.

ribbon cuttingEconomic Development Team member Jackie Kahle then formally cut the ribbon, and an enthusiastic crown toured the gazebo and enjoyed refreshments provided by the Economic Development Team.

Photos from the gazebo constuction

Photos from the grand opening

Since the grand opening, many people can be found sitting in the gazebo, enjoying the wonderful views. Come join them!

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