Park & Nature Preserve
Who We Are:
A coalition of like-minded individuals and groups that have come together to preserve and make publicly available the 100-acre wildlife and aquatic resource of Six Lakes, otherwise known as the Olin Powder Farm, in southern Hamden.
We envision the establishment of a public nature park that fosters wildlife and drinking water conservation, promotes the well-being of those in surrounding communities, and cultivates the relationship between people and nature through environmental education.
The Six Lakes Park Alliance seeks to facilitate the transformation of the 100-acre Olin Powder Farm into a park and nature preserve that maintains the ecological integrity of the area and aligns with the needs and interests of the Newhall neighborhood and wider Hamden community.
In realizing this mission, we are reminded of the words of Robert Bullard, the famous environmental justice advocate: “The middle class is demanding urban hiking trails and bicycle lanes while the poor don’t even have a way to get to the store. With childhood obesity higher among low-income minorities, their communities could also benefit from a hiking trail or a bicycle lane.” These words highlight the significant connection between the Powder Farm's cleanup and re-commissioning to the well-being of the Newhall community.