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Welcome to Bristol!

Bristol, Connecticut is where a diverse spectrum of neighborhoods means a place for every personality or interest!
Is urban more your vibe? Perhaps relaxing by the lake? From quaint residential areas, to vintage
victorians and newer developments by the farm lands, Bristol’s got just the place for you!

Click here to learn more about how you can help make Bristol a more pedestrian-friendly community by participating in Bristol’s Walk Audit.

Cedar Lake

Kick back by the lake with this wonderful neighborhood offering a chance to connect with nature. From boating on the lake, to the outdoor amenities of the Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Cedar Lake is a former Indian stomping grounds that offers that feeling of ‘being away’ from it all!
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Chippens Hill

If newer housing developments, larger homes, and farms are your style, Chippen’s Hill has you covered. In the quiet hills of northwest Bristol, Chippen’s Hill offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle. Suburban living has never been this sweet, a stone’s throw away from family farm’s and a brand new state of the art K-8 school, along with other wonderful family amenities, travel up to the Hill, where your view of Bristol is always the perfect one.
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Downtown

Downtown is the center of it all. Whether you are looking for a place to eat, something to do for the afternoon or make a much needed purchase, downtown Bristol is packed with amenities. From eateries such as Main Street Pint & Plate to original Thai cuisine from Sabaidee, or Firefly Hollow Brewing and Better Half Brewing, the Post Office and City Hall, all your needs are covered! The City’s big events occur downtown, like the Mum Festival, Car Show and Farmers Market, making this the perfect little section to explore.
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Edgewood

Welcome to Bristol's North East corner, Edgewood. Featuring a strong mixture of residential neighborhoods, to the bustling commercial Route 6 shopping corridor, you'll find a little bit of everything in this vast neighborhood. From the East Region Little League Tournaments held at Giamatti Center each year, to local businesses and neighborhood schools, Edgewood will meet all your needs, from small to large!
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Federal Hill

Bristol’s scenic and historic district known as Federal Hill offers beautiful colonial and victorian era homes from yesterday. This neighborhood, adjacent to downtown and within walking distance of the City center, was once the home of famous industrialists and clockmakers with the names Rockwell, Ingraham, and Session. With amenities like the American Clock & Watch Museum and CT Magazine’s top breakfast and brunch spot Parkside Cafe calling Federal Hill it’s home, you’re vintage taste are sure to abe abuzz. So take the opportunity to visit or be a part of this unique special neighborhood!
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Forestville

A village within a City is just what Forestville is, so if tight knit and small town are your vibe, Forestville’s definitely your place. A historic section of Bristol right off the new route 72 extension, Forestville offers a quaint village center with a picturesque restored rail station and legendary establishments like Nuchie’s catering space. From the smell of brick oven pizza at San Gennaro’s, to the popular Pequabuck River Duck Race event, swing through Forestville and dive into the culture of big hearts and village living.
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Lake District

Both relaxed and thrilling the Lake District serves as a welcoming southern gateway into Bristol. Adjacent to 84 West, this district offers great highway access. Being the home neighborhood of Lake Compounce, the Lake District is aptly named after the location for New England’s Family Theme Park. A quiet residential neighborhood with a national amenity closeby, the Lake District provides the soft cushion of friendly streets nestled against Connecticut’s green hills, plus the lively interactions of neighborhood children playing basketball, volleyball, or football in the playgrounds.
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North East

Another great spot to raise a family, the North East neighborhood offers a quick connection to Bristol’s largest commercial corridor, Route 6, but all the privateness of suburbia. Home to wonderful businesses like Dunphy’s Ice Cream, and hot spots like the A Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Center, the North East section of town is a great spot for family living with the convenience of robust shopping options.
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North End

Formerly the Polish section of downtown, the North End edges on the north side of Downtown. Within walking distance of many of downtown’s amenities this cool neighborhood offers a smattering of commercial offerings among a blend of residential streets that straddles the best of downtown and suburban living
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South Mountain

Near the downtown area, South Mountain is the largest hill in Bristol, and overlooks the downtown area. Mostly a residential area, its adjacency to one of the best parks in Connecticut, Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard Park, as well as the revitalizing Memorial Boulevard Theatre, offers the perfect mix of side street charm within arms reach of great times!
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West End

If urban is your vibe then the West End is the spot for you. A melting pot of cultures, the West End offers a prideful neighborhood in the downtown zone that’s perfect for walking or driving to amenities. Enjoy amenities like family-owned South Side Meat market to artist studios and event spaces, to corner stores to pair with historic stalwarts like Muzzy Field and Rockwell Park, so come, live, invest, and enjoy life in the West End!
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Help Transform Your Community

Participate in the Walk Audit

Your Input is Needed to Help Bristol Be a More Pedestrian-Friendly Community for All Residents!

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The City of Bristol invites everyone who walks, jogs, or bikes to participate in the Walk Audit during the month of August. During the month of August choose a Bristol neighborhood in one of the four districts (see link to Bristol map below) to walk, jog, or bike then record the streets you walk, jog, or bike on the Walk Audit Sheet. Include any issues (or take photos) you encounter including: crosswalks, crossing signals, and conditions of the sidewalks. Finally, at the end of the month complete and submit your Walk Audit Sheet by emailing it to: publicworks@bristolct.gov

Walk, jog, or bike all the streets in an entire district and receive a free t-shirt!

 

 

Download Bristol District Map

Download the Walk Audit Sheet

Why Conduct a Walk Audit?

A FEW REASONS TO CONDUCT A WALK AUDIT:

  • It can help create a pedestrian-friendly environment
  • It increases exercise opportunities for your communities
  • It boosts social interaction among neighbors
  • It enables people to get around without having to drive
  • It can help reduce traffic congestion and pollution
  • It can lead to increased property values

Anyone can conduct a walk audit – download this handy Walk Audit Tool Kit provided by AARP for helpful tips and information about how to conduct a walk audit.

Walkable communities promote health, foster a sense of connection and community among residents, and provide an overall sense of place and belonging that helps make a neighborhood livable for people of all ages and life stages.

Walkability workshops and community walk audits provide a way for AARP state offices, local community groups, concerned citizens and others to assess an area’s walkability by observing how pedestrians and drivers use a particular street or intersection, recording information about that use and then, if needed, making a case to the community and local leaders for change.

The AARP Walk Audit Leader Guide builds upon the AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit, a step-by-step self-service guide for assessing a community’s walkability.

This guide helps a community leader or group conduct a larger-scale walkability event consisting of a workshop and an on-the-ground walk audit in which teams of volunteers observe and document the use and safety of local streets.