Stonington Village Improvement Association
The SVIA was formed in 1899 by a small group of caring residents wishing to maintain the Borough as "a nice place to live and work." Contributions by residents and non-residents alike allow the present-day SVIA to maintain that tradition. Activities and signature programs include maintaining duBois Beach and the East Lawn at Stonington Point and Mathews Park; running a year-round weekly Farmers Market; maintaining the James Merrill House through the efforts of the James Merrill House Committee (who fundraise independently for programs, conservation, building maintenance, and a renown "Writer-in-Residence program"); and hosting the annual Holiday Stroll and the 4th of July Ice Cream Social. The SVIA initiates special projects around the Borough such installation of four Little Free Libraries, over twenty public benches, a bocce court in Mathews Park, a large spruce tree in Wadawanuck Square, and landscaping at Wayland's Wharf and the playground. The SVIA collaborates with other local non-profits, the Borough, and the Town on a variety of other projects including the renovation of Cannon Square, funding for new playground and exercise equipment, installation of a public water-bottle filler, support for the La Grua Summer Concerts on the Green, and restoration of the COMO pond, to name a few.