NEW BRITAIN – Several residents spent their labor day at Stanley Quarter Park, shooting hoops, walking laps around the circle, fishing or just relaxing and enjoying the day off.
At the basketball courts, Kevin Curry was shooting hoops with young Izeyuh DaSilva. Izeyuh said that he plays on the basketball team at his middle school in Hartford but that he grew up in New Britain.
“I would always come here,” said Izeyuh. “This was the spot.”
Curry said that while he was playing with Izeyuh he would “share life experiences” with him to “put him on the right path.”
“I come here as much as I can,” he said. “It’s a great way to kill time.”
Jose Rivera, meanwhile, was getting his exercise in walking laps around the park while wearing a sun hat.
“I like this park,” he said. “It is close for me. I come five times a week and do six laps.”
Burley Brown came to the park as a fishing trip with his three daughters, his son, his goddaughter and her boyfriend.
“We came to play around and to give the kids some quality time out in life with birds, bugs, fish and turtles,” said Brown. “We’ve done the annual fishing derby twice or so in the last five years as well.”
Christina Cassone and her boyfriend Takari Davis sat at a table enjoying the day off and spending time together.
“I really enjoy the parks in New Britain,” said Cassone. “I live just up the street from this one. Sometimes the two of us come here to play tennis and ride our bikes.”
Cassone is a New Britain native and Davis, originally, of Bloomfield, moved in with her four years ago.
“It’s nice here; very different from Bloomfield,” said Davis. “It’s more city-ish and more scenic.”
Kevin Lee watched as his three sons, ages 6, 8 and 9, played in a shallow stream and balanced walking from walk to rock.
“We’re going to have a cookout on the grill later,” he said. “They said they wanted hamburgers and hotdogs.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.