MANCHESTER, CT — The town of Manchester has launched a new map to promote businesses and attractions in the downtown area.
The map, officially unveiled Wednesday, was commissioned by the town to promote the Greater Downtown Manchester area by highlighting its many "commercial and quality of life assets" for visitors.
Staff members from the Manchester Department of Planning and Economic Development worked with Discovery Map International, Inc., a leading national publisher of local maps and travel guides, to create the map.
Manchester is the first Connecticut municipality to have its own "Discovery Map."
The front of the 11-by-17 full-color, glossy map is a colorful, hand-illustrated rendering of the Greater Downtown area. Sponsor businesses are identified along with services, recreational amenities, historic sites, and other points of interest. Buildings are color coded by use. An alphabetical grid system makes it easier to cross reference the map locations with the listings on the reverse side of the map.
The back of the map features a resource list that includes additional information on where to shop, where to eat, where services are located, things to do, points of interest and a Downtown calendar of events.
Because the coronavirus pandemic the calendar listing comes with a disclaimer was added suggesting that users, "Please use contact info to confirm status of event."
(Town of Manchester)
(Town of Manchester)
A total of 10,000 copies of the Greater Downtown Manchester Discovery Map were printed and have been distributed throughout town to sponsor businesses, services, sites and attractions listed on the map as well as to area hotels and apartment complexes.
"Manchester has a wealth of assets that contribute to its quality of life and make it a great place to
live, work and visit," Director of Planning and Economic Development Gary Anderson said. "We
hope this map project raises awareness of the visitor resources present in the Greater Downtown
Manchester area, knowing that it reflects only part of what Manchester has to offer. With all the
recent positive development Downtown and as businesses start to slowly reopen, we thought this
would be a great time to remind those inside and outside Manchester of just how much we have to
"The Town of Manchester hopes that this map will be a simple, fun and useful reference tool that
visitors and residents alike can use to discover all there is to see and do in the Greater Downtown
Manchester area. A digital version of the map will soon be launched on the Town of Manchester
website to allow expanded access to the map."
Requests for a copy of the Greater Downtown Manchester Discovery can be made via the
Town of Manchester Customer Service and Information Center at email@example.com or