The Black Rock Community Council (BRCC), founded in 1976, is the oldest and largest community membership organization in the area.
The Council’s mission is to promote projects that will enhance the quality of life of Black Rock’s residents and businesses, including:
- The Black Rock Day road race, bed race, parade and picnic
- The Christmas tree lighting and Wassail Party
- The Easter egg hunt
- Beautification efforts
- Historic preservation and education
- Lighthouse preservation
- Public safety initiatives
- Black Rock business initiatives
- Community planning
- Black Rock Little League sponsorship
- Sponsorship of other community events
- Community forums
- The Black Rock newsletter
The BRCC has an established track record of creating and managing programs and projects both small and large in scope over the last thirty years.
- In 1989, the BRCC worked with the CTDOT in designing and implementing the Gateway to Bridgeport Project, which resulted in the complete renewal of the Fairfield Avenue business corridor.
- From 1995 to 1997, the BRCC performed grant writing, project development and project management needed to secure two million dollars in state grants for the creation of the Burroughs Community Center.
- Since its inception in 1976, the Council has organized and run Black Rock Day and the Black Rock Day parade and, since 1981, the Black Rock Day Road Race has been part of this event. During the 1990’s, the Council launched and successfully ran one of the region’s premier festivals—the Olde Black Rock Lobster Festival. By the turn of the century, the festival returned to its original format and Black Rock Day has been part of our annual calendar ever since.
- In 2000, the BRCC completed the full restoration of the Fayerweather Lighthouse, creating a strong public/private partnership between the BRCC and the city Parks Department, Friends of Seaside Park, the United Illuminating Company and Bridgeport Energy that culminated in the illumination of the lighthouse for the first time in fifty years. And in 2006, when the lighting failed, the BRCC spearheaded efforts to replace the solar and lighting equipment. In 2007, the BRCC was presented a formal citation for these efforts by the Bridgeport City Council.
And today, the exciting work of the BRCC continues some thirty years since its founding. Join us in our efforts to improve the life of our community by taking advantage of our online membership application.
2020 BRCC Board of Directors
NIna Gibson, President
Pete Slywka, 1st Vice President
Jane Apgar, Corresponding Secretary
Keli Mazzoni, Recording Secretary
Matt McCarthy, Treasurer
Marni Kiernan, Immediate Past President