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 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. 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.
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 2017 season will showcase Into the Woods, West Side Story and Seussical!
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.
Back again in 2017 are Musicals at Richter’s Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshops for children ages 8-16. The summer is divided into three separate sessions. Session One and Session Two are the Summer Spotlight series. These are two week sessions where students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with industry professionals to help hone their skills. Each student will have the opportunity to perform his or her own song, as well as group pieces, in a final showcase performance.
Session Three is a four-week session culminating in a full-scale production of Aladdin Jr. Participants in all Sessions will experience every aspect of a production, as well as exploring all foundational skills necessary for putting on a show. These programs offer a supportive environment where everyone is encouraged to use his or her creativity and imagination while working together as an ensemble to craft an exciting piece of theater.
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 27th 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 2016 event benefitted Family and Children’s Aid.
The golf course continues to be one of the most recognized golf courses in Connecticut. In recent years, Richter Park won the 2015 PGA Walter Lowell Distinguished Public Golf Course Service Award. 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.