Richter Park Authority
Richter Park Authority Members
- Peter Siecienski - Chairman
- George Radachowsky
- Judith Griemsmann
- John Priola
- Leroy Diggs
- Robert V. Eberhard
- Al Mead, Jr
- David Lajoie
- Paul DiNardo
- Arthur Haddad
- Pamela St. Pierre
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.
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 gently 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, and don’t miss the 20-bay full-service driving range! 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. Since its inception in 1971, the Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts has hosted some of the most interesting events of the Danbury area cultural scene. They include art shows, classical and popular musical presentations, lectures, and ethnic performances. These spring and fall weekend events take place at the Richter House, adjacent to the golf course, and are open to the public, admission by free-will donation. Each autumn, area artists exhibit their works in Richter's most prestigious event, the Annual Juried Art Show, to compete for cash prizes. For information about this year's program of activities, visit Richter Arts.
Musicals at Richter, Connecticut's longest-running outdoor theater, presents Broadway-style musicals under the stars each summer. Why travel to Manhattan with productions of this quality right here in Danbury? The 2022 summer season showcased the Sound of Music.
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 and welcoming junior rates.
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 32nd year, the Danbury Amateur and Richter Park has donated over a quarter of a million dollars in support of local Danbury charities.
The golf course continues to be one of the most recognized golf courses in Connecticut. In recent years, Richter Park Golf Course won the 2015 PGA Walter Lowell Distinguished Public Golf Course Service Award. Richter Park also earned the ranking of "Top 10 Places to play in New England" by the Boston Globe. Other accolades include Most Challenging Golf Course in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine, Top 10 Course in Connecticut by Golf Magazine, and the Number 2 Best Public Course in Metropolitan, NY by the Golf Writers Association of America. Richter Park has been voted in the Top 10 as a "Must Play" course in New England by the New England Journal of Golf, and the Number 1 "Favorite Course" in Connecticut.
More recently, Richter Park Golf Course was rated #1 on TripAdvisor’s best courses in Connecticut, in the Top 5 courses in Connecticut by LINKS Insider, and in Golfweek’s top 10 Best Public Courses You Can Play in Connecticut.
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.