From 1985 to the present, the town has made extensive streetscape improvements, which include brick-lined sidewalks, ornamental trees, decorative street lamps and street furniture, and under grounding of utilities.
The Historic Railroad Station has been restored, and the Railroad Green and the Parade Ground have been landscaped and accessorized.
The gazebo at the Railroad Green has become a downtown focal point. The streetscape improvements have spurred many building owners to invest in facade improvements.
Other decorative features have been added, including flower gardens planted and maintained by the Wallingford Garden Club, an old-fashioned wishing well replica donated by the Wallingford Wishing Well Association, banners purchased through fundraising efforts by WCI including a large donation by the Public Utilities Commission, holiday wreaths and lights funded by the town, and window decorations & window boxes paid for by the individual owners.
A wonderful Victorian style clock was purchased by the American Legion Shaw-Sinon Post 73 and now stands in front of Town Hall. Pride in the town’s center has been restored and is evident in the cooperative efforts of many groups. Along with the streetscape and facade improvements, effort is directed at the same time toward improving the economic conditions.
WCI hosts Celebrate Wallingford, a 2-day festival featuring the “Taste of Wallingford”, entertainment, craft show, children’s activities, and much more, held the first weekend in October. Other fun events hosted are Holiday Stroll, held in December.