Address: 100 Aunt Hack Road
Danbury, CT
Telephone: 203-792-2550
Webpage: Richter Park Golf Course

 

Stanley Lasker Richter Memorial Park Authority

NAME POSITION
Jean DaSilva Secretary
Leroy Diggs
Bob Eberhard Chairman
Wendy Grispin  
Al Mead
John Priola Treasurer
George Radachowsky
Bill Totten, Jr. Vice-Chariman


Alternates:

Felix Bonacci


Frank Russo

Agendas & Minutes:

Listing files in 'Richter Park Authority'

 

The Stanley L. Richter Memorial Park is one of the finest leisure facilities in Connecticut. It forms a unique combination of both arts and recreational activities, attracting nearly 60,000 visitors annually. The championship golf course has been repeatedly recognized as one of America’s finest golf courses and also features tennis courts, hiking trails, a fitness trail, cross country ski trails and sledding along with casual and fine dining. During the summer there are outdoor musicals and, throughout the year, the Richter Association for the Arts conducts shows and exhibits. Richter Park is governed by a nine member volunteer autonomous board which sets policy for management of the entire facility.

About Us:

Richter Park’s vision is to provide an outstanding recreational venue with a friendly, courteous and knowledgeable staff for the personal enrichment of both the residents of Danbury and its many out of town visitors. 

Richter Park Golf Course encompasses over 180 acres of gentle rolling terrain nestled serenely between West Lake Reservoir and Boggs Pond.  The layout is scenic with water coming into play on 14 out of 18 holes.  The undulating greens are well guarded by 49 bunkers surrounding the course.  There are four sets of tees to choose from that will challenge all golfers regardless of skill. This Edward Ryder designed course is well matured and is bordered by large trees that make for a special treat in the fall with all the color in brilliant contrast against the backdrop of the hills.  

Richter Park is also known for its prestigious art, music and theater productions which draw visitors from all over the Tri-State area. The Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts hosts many events, ranging from the Annual Juried Art Show, where area artists exhibit their works, and the park’s own Antique Road show bringing collectors from miles around to assess their treasures.  Musicals at Richter, Fairfield County’s longest running outdoor theater, presents three Broadway style musicals under the stars each summer.  Why travel to Manhattan with productions of this quality right here in Danbury? The June – August 2014 season will showcase Anything Goes and The Wizard of Oz, The Musical!

Also found at Richter Park is both casual and fine-dining at the acclaimed Café on the Green Restaurant.  With an award winning wine cellar of over 100 varieties, this Northern Italian restaurant is the perfect complement to a day of arts and recreation and offers the perfect setting for your special occasion.

Yes, there’s plenty for the kids to do, too! No school?  Snow days are very popular at Richter Park with sledding, cross country skiing, ice hockey and skating.

Go for a family hike on one of two trails where you will travel on cleared, unpaved paths to enjoy some of the most spectacular views anywhere in the state.  Need a rest when you get to the top?  A cleared overlook areas and natural benches made from the recently fallen oak trees provide the perfect spot for a snack before heading back down. 

Junior golf is always popular at Richter Park with First Tee clinics, summer camps, welcoming junior rates and its own Fran McCarthy Junior Golf Tournament for golfers ages 5–18.  Held in late August every year, it offers children the opportunity to show off their newly acquired skills. 

Tennis abounds at Richter Park!  Once again a bustling area with junior summer tennis programs; the area not so long ago quiet has become a popular spot.  Instructors are trained by USTA “10 and Under Tennis” coaches to employ the use of larger racquets, lower nets and larger balls to slow the game down making it easier for youngsters to learn and enjoy the game.

Back again in 2014 is Musicals at Richter Summer Youth Musical Theater workshop.  For children ages 10-17, the camp runs for three weeks in July (Annie Jr.) and three weeks in August (101 Dalmatians Kids) and both culminate with full-scale productions.  Both promise young and aspiring actors, dancers, singers and set builders a unique and fun summer experience.

 

Our Accomplishments:

Host of the Tri-State area’s only weekend, two-day amateur golf tournament, Richter Park continues to attract skilled golfers from all over.  Participants travel from the Carolinas and Texas, Chicago and California to participate in this first-class golf event.  And Richter Park is proud to give back to the community. Celebrating its 24th year, the Danbury Amateur and Richter Park has donated over a quarter of a million dollars in support of local Danbury charities.  All sponsorship dollars raised from the 2014 event will benefit Family and Children’s Aid.

The golf course continues to be one of the most recognized golf courses in Connecticut. In 2012, Richter Park earned the ranking of “Top 10 Places to play in New England” by the Boston Globe. Other recent accolades include Most Challenging Golf Course in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine in 2013, Top 10 Course in Connecticut by Golf Magazine and the #2 Best Public Course in Metropolitan, NY by the Golf Writers Association of America.  Richter Park has been voted in the Top 10 as “Must Play” course in New England by the New England Journal of Golf, and the #1 “Favorite Course” in Connecticut. Rated “Top 50 Golf Courses in America and one of the top 5 in the State” in Golf Week magazine, this accolade was preceded by the 2008-2009 “Four Star Golf Course” award by Golf Digest in their Places to Play publication. 

FORe, aka Friends of Richter, is a 501(c)(3) whose efforts go towards raising $10 million in private funds in support of the Richter Park Master Plan. Among its  many improvements, the plan calls for expanded hiking trails, a complete renovation and update of the Richter House, including a new and improved theater and catering facility, along with changes to the golf course and the addition of a driving range.