Thames River Heritage Park Sponsorship Opportunities for 2021

It’s hard to believe but water taxi season will be here in just a couple months! Our planning for our 2021 season is underway. Entering our sixth season the Park is poised for continued growth and increased awareness. Sponsoring the Park is a highly visible opportunity to get in front of your customers as well as show your support for the community and local economy.

Our 2019 season had built momentum. Although 2020 severely hampered that momentum, the good news is that we still saw more than 4,000 water taxi riders (as compared to 11,000 the year before).

Since its launch in 2016 more than 25,000 visitors and residents have climbed aboard the water taxi to visit historic sites, enjoy local restaurants, take historic boat tours or just get out on the river.

To date, successful collaborations with TRHP partners resulted in the following events:
Walking Tours: Fort Trumbull, Fort Griswold, and the downtown New London Historic District
Boat Tours: “Suffragettes, Puppeteers, and Patriots. Women of the Thames”, “Revolutionary Ghosts on the Thames”, and “Submarines, Battlefields, and Betrayers. Military Stories on the Thames.”
Group Tours: “In Defense of our Country. Military Stories on the Thames”, “The Well-Healed and the Wannabees. Summering on the Thames in the Gilded Age”, and “From Pioneers to Playwrights. Three Centuries of Daily Life Along the Thames.”
Audio Tours: “The Thames River Heritage Park”, “Life on Groton Bank”, “The American Revolution on
Groton Bank”, “The Navy on Groton Bank”, and “Whaling on Groton Bank.”
Quests (self-guided scavenger hunts): Downtown New London Waterfront Park Quest, Fort Griswold Quest,
Fort Trumbull Quest, Hidden Thames Street Quest

As you know the Park is a collaborative effort among three municipalities —the Town and Cities of Groton and New London —who continue to work together to support the Park financially and with leadership closely involved. Our collaborative programming and educational initiatives with historic partner sites continue to expand.

Your organization’s sponsorship will allow us to:

  • Keep the water taxis fully operational throughout the season – estimated cost of about $100K year.
  • Promote the Park through printing our Rack Cards.
  • Increase the Park’s visibility with signage and advertising like NPR and Connecticut Magazine.
  • Create programming and collaborative experiential activities with historic partner sites.

the Park in 2021. Please let me know how to proceed.