NEW BRITAIN â€“ Mayor Erin Stewart recently announced the 150 community â€śgemsâ€ť in celebration of sesquicentennial anniversary of New Britain.
These â€śgemsâ€ť were nominated by New Britain residents as part of the ongoing celebration of the 150th anniversary of New Britain becoming incorporated as a city.
â€śThose who have been nominated by residents as a â€śgemâ€ť should be proud of the contribution they make to this city every day, and I am thrilled to be able to recognize them in this special way,â€ť Stewart said.
The list was sorted by people, places or an event and each of the 150 gems were set into a category.
Examples of gems nominated under the â€śParkâ€ť category include AW Stanley Park, Walnut Hill Park and Chesley Park.
Examples of gems nominated under the â€śMuseumsâ€ť category include New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain Youth Museum/Hungerford Nature Center and New Britain Industrial Museum.
Examples nominated under the â€śArts and Musicâ€ť category include Trinity on Main, Art League of New Britain and Hole in the Wall Theater.
Examples nominated under the â€śChurchesâ€ť category include Spottswood AME Zion Church, First Lutheran Church of Reformation and First Church of Christ, Congregational.
Examples nominated under the â€śFood and Beverageâ€ť category include Maxâ€™s Pizza 2, Sweetwater Juice Bar and Belvedere CafĂ©.
Examples of Gems that were nominated under the â€śLandmarks, Monuments and Buildingsâ€ť category include Beehive Bridge, Malinowski Residence and the Borinqueneers Monument.
Examples nominated under the â€śCBOâ€™Sâ€ť category include New Britain Boys and Girls Club, Polonia Business Association and Hospital of Central CT.
Favorite community events that were nominated as gems include but are not limited to the Great American Boom celebration, Main Street USA and the Little Poland Festival.
Examples nominated under the â€śLeisureâ€ť category include Stanley Golf Course, Fun City and the New Britain Bees.
Examples nominated under the â€śShopsâ€ť category include Unknown Clothing, INI Sips and Rutkowskiâ€™s Hardware.
â€śNew Britain is fortunate to have so many community gems that make our city special,â€ť said Parks and Recreation Director Erik Barbieri. â€śMy hope is that residents and visitors alike explore these gems and experience everything New Britain has to offer for themselves.â€ť
A complete list of the 150 â€śgemsâ€ť can be found on the TravelStorys mobile app and on New Britain Parks and Recreation Facebook page, @nbparksnrec. The list is also included in the city of New Britain 150 Community Gems Map and the Explorer Kits, which can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation of Department in Room 302 of City Hall. The Explorer Kits are free to anyone who wishes to explore the 150 Gems for themselves, and consist of a drawstring bag that contains a pencil, compass, a 150 gems map, mobile app instructions and information of each of the gems.