The Six Lakes Park Coalition is an alliance of concerned neighbors and supporting organizations that have come together to preserve and make publicly available the 102-acre wildlife and aquatic resource of Six Lakes, otherwise known as the Olin Powder Farm, in southern Hamden. A steering committee made up of representatives from the coalition organizations, local politicians, and concerned residents leads the coalition’s advocacy, planning, and outreach.

Member Organizations

Steering Committee

  • Justin Farmer

    Justin Farmer represents District 5 on the Town of Hamden Legislative Council.
  • Elizabeth Hayes

    Elizabeth Hayes is a community activist and a member of the Hamden Democratic Town Committee. She is a resident of Newhall.
  • Kathy Czepiel

    Kathy Czepiel is the Lands Communications Specialist for Save the Sound.
  • A. J. Wallace

    A.J. Wallace is a community organizer for coalition member CONECT, a collective of interfaith congregations in New Haven and Fairfield Counties representing more than 30,000 people.
  • Laurie Sweet

    Laurie Sweet is an at-large representative on the Hamden Town Council. She chairs the Environment and Conservation Committee.
  • Melinda Tuhus

    Melinda Tuhus is a mostly-retired journalist and currently a climate activist on the local, state and national levels. She blogs about the climate (and other topics) at
  • Sue McDonald

    Sue McDonald is an active member of Congregation Mishkan Israel and CONECT. She is a 20-year resident of Hamden’s Spring Glen neighborhood. Sue is retired from a career overseeing non-profit financial management, working for organizations ranging from Stamford Neighborhood Housing Services to Yale Law School.
  • Elizabeth Langhorne

    Elizabeth Langhorne is a member of the board of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust. She moved to Hamden in 1990 and served an earlier term on the HLCT board, supporting the early efforts of the HLCT to open the Olin Powder Farm to the public. Elizabeth is also a member of the core group of the Hamden Alliance for Trees. She taught art history for 27 years at Central Connecticut State University, where she curated a number of art exhibitions on sustainability and climate change.
  • Joe Blumberg

    Joe Blumberg and his wife are residents of Whitney Center. Joe was a property and casualty insurance agent for 64 years. He has been a nature lover all his life and served as vice president of the Connecticut  Audubon Society and as a board member and officer of several other nonprofit organizations.
  • Gail Cameron

    Gail Cameron is the current president of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust. She is a lifelong resident of Hamden and retired after working 44 years at the Yale School of Medicine. Gail is also park naturalist for the Sleeping Giant Park Association.

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