Quality of Life

Simsbury residents value our town’s open space, recreation areas, and natural resources. We are very fortunate to live in a place of surpassing beauty, and filled with so many choices of parks, gardens, walking and biking trails, and town-maintained sports and activity facilities. The Farmington River, and our many streams, brooks, and ponds, provide a healthy home for wildlife and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.

We have bike-friendly roadways, including a 14-mile sharrowed loop, and the town has been designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists. Simsbury has thriving local farms, ice cream that’s locally made and tastes amazing, a stunning Bridge of Flowers, pollinator-friendly practices that invite butterflies and wildlife to town properties, a concert venue that brings thousands to town, and amazing restaurants and businesses that provide great service and a wonderful experience.

I am proud of the work that has been done to make Simsbury the community it is. Building on the work of so many public servants and volunteers before us, together we have added to Simsbury’s legacy of being one of the best places to live.  During my tenure as First Selectman and member of the Board, Simsbury has consistently been named a “best place to live” and was profiled by Yankee Magazine. Simsbury has also been recognized as a best community by CTforMe, Money Magazine, The Crazy Tourist, NYRentTownSell.com, PureWow.com, GreatSchools.org, to list a few.

While serving Simsbury, I:

  • Endorsed, advocated for, and worked to ensure the purchase of the Meadowood property for environmental and historic, walking, hiking, and farming.
  • Oversaw the completion of the planned park at Hopbrook Landing at the Flower Bridge
  • Supported the implementation of the Bike/Pedestrian Master Plan (Complete Streets), including budgeting $200k each year to support sidewalk improvements. Completed to date: Tariffville, West Street, the Squadron Line neighborhood, and the North Village. Next on the list: A sidewalk connecting West Street to Henry James along Firetown Rd.
  • Championed the Tariffville Connection, linking Tariffville to Hopmeadow Street by a bike path along Route 315.
  • Voted in favor of funding to upgrade playscapes, including the old playscape at Simsbury Farm
  • Supported upgrades to the Performing Arts Center including the parking lot improvements, fencing, and bandshell improvements
  • Supported new pickleball courts in Tariffville Park, along with other park improvements
  • Supported the new irrigation system at Simsbury Farms

As your next state representative, I will continue to work with town leaders to identify and secure funding for key projects vital to Simsbury's success.