SavinRockParkIoA[Book: Edith Reynolds – 2006 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Savin Rock Amusement Park (West Haven, Connecticut) began to grow in the 1870s when George Kelsey constructed a pier to extend ferry service between the opposite coastlines of New Haven Harbor. This opened the door for further, more sophisticated development of amusement attractions that drew fun-seeking patrons from southern New England. The park thrived until the combination of affordable personal transportation and urban redevelopment forced its demise in the 1960s. Today, Savin Rock is a quieter spot filled with beachside apartments, a shopping plaza, and a more tranquil grassy park jutting into the harbor. Chapter Points: The West Shore; Kelsey’s Plan; The Grove; Savin Restaurants; The Golden Age; The Flying Horses; Mechanized Rides; On The Wane; Urban Renewal. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

  • Derek Sailors

    Savin Rock was my first ever Arcadia book. As a researcher for RCDB there were several unanswered questions as to the Savin Rock, Liberty Pier and White City listings in the database. This book helped answer most of the question but not quite all of them. I enjoyed the book overall. Some nice postcard photos and some informative history. The book, although good, did leave you wanting a bit more. I would gave it a 6 out of 10.