Connecting Community to the River's Natural Resources


Save the Sound and Site Projects invite you to our newly transformed community park in Fair Haven. Start with the guided tour along the Mill River Trail led by local filmmaker, Steve Hamm, and be immersed in the storytelling of the ecosystem and history of the river. At the end of the tour, you will arrive at our transformed green space at the intersection of Haven and Exchange Streets, a site previously used as a dumping ground for over a decade. Now, with trash removed, native vegetation planted, and a new mural by artist Frenemy, this beautified park will provide benefits for the ecosystem and community alike. Learn about the process of this transformation and the science behind its design from Save the Sound staff members. Interact with the mural artist and help paint the final details of the largescale mural! Join us in making connections across nature, art, and community in our public launch of the freshest green space in this neighborhood.

Participants have the option of taking the guided Mill River tour starting at Orange Street and English Drive or meeting us directly at Haven and Exchange Street. Parking is available in the John S. Martinez School parking lot.

Please bring water and dress for outdoor exercise. The Haven and Exchange St. park is ADA accessible, however areas of our Mill River tour are not. Reach out to Melissa Pappas at for more information.

Save the Sound

The mission of Save the Sound is to protect and improve the land, air, and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound. We use legal and scientific expertise and bring people together to achieve results that benefit our environment for current and future generations.

Our vision is of a Connecticut and Sound region where the vitality of nature will be protected for people and wildlife, now and for many decades to come. A region in which citizens from all walks of life can unite in transforming struggling habitats, polluted waters, endangered wildlife, and a threatened planet into resilient, healthy, vibrant, and inspiring places that sustain communities.

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Site Projects

Site Projects is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that commissions world­ class public artworks, programming, and events on a project-by-project basis in partnership with local agencies and organizations that enhance New Haven's cultural heritage and diversity. By speaking in the universal language of art, we stimulate community conversations and interactions that embrace diversity and bridge social and economic differences.