Prospect is a small town, measuring five miles long and four miles wide, located in New Haven County, Connecticut. Prospect was incorporated in 1827 and was previously known as Columbia Parish. This town has been considered mostly a farming community because of its abundance of open space and fertile land. Prospect’s neighboring towns are Waterbury to the North, Cheshire to the East, Bethany to the South and Naugatuck to the West. Due to its location between the towns of Bethany, Cheshire, Naugatuck and Waterbury, with easy access to Routes 8 and 84, Prospect has grown rather rapidly over the years. The location of Prospect is really pretty interesting with an elevation of 850 to 900 feet above sea level, Prospect is the highest point in New Haven County. The combination of the Town’s elevation and a steep slope condition does provide some exceptional long distance views and panoramic vistas. Prospect is known for having safe neighborhoods, fantastic parks, open space and schools with a very good reputation. Prospect combines with Beacon Falls to form Regional School System 16. The Parks and Recs department is very committed to providing a variety of leisure and recreational activities for local residents. Providing children and adults with motivating, educational and interesting programs encourages positive physical, emotional and social experiences. Although Prospect is such a small space, there is no shortage of fun things to do with friends and family. There is a town lap pool for residents with lifeguards on staff, a skate park and Canfield Park which now offers new playground equipment for the area children. Hotchkiss Park offers basketball courts, a fenced soccer field that has lights for evening playing, a beautiful walking trail that surrounds the entire field and plenty of aesthetically pleasing open fields for a variety of uses. Hotchkiss Field is also home to the Field of Dreams, which is the playground inside of the park itself. Prospects special character and natural resources will be preserved, thanks to the Prospect Conservation Commission ensuring an enriching quality of life for everyone that lives in and visits this charming little town. McGrath Park is a great place to go to relax in nature. There is a gorgeous new fountain in the center of the pond and many feathered friends that visit daily. This is one of my personal favorite spots to picnic and unwind and it’s got an added bonus in that, it’s a great place for fishing when the season opens.
Last Updated on September 14, 2017 by Minna Reid