“In a park we have indeed left the real world and entered the world of fantasy and make-believe, where nature, under the control of art, gives pleasure and rest and escape from today’s worries.”
Humphrey Carver, author Compassionate Landscape
Waveny Park Conservancy, in partnership with the Town, identified and tackled an immediate trail need. The first phase of an extension to the perimeter trail along the South Avenue entrance road has been completed. The final phase connecting the trail to South Avenue will be completed in the summer of 2018. The Conservancy addressed the safety concerns of pedestrians walking in the road along a significant blind curve.
We now have a beautiful trail that has been cleared of invasive vegetation and downed trees remaining from Storm Sandy. As part of the partnership between the Town and WPC, the project was put out to bid by the Department of Public Works department, a contractor was selected and the Board of Selectman approved the $27,515 contract. All dollars were raised and provided by the Waveny Park Conservancy. Keith Simpson designed the trails and construction was provided by Cambareri Masonry of Bedford Hills, NY.
On site for the check presentation on August 1, 2016 were: from left, Waveny Park Conservancy board members Chris Schipper and Caroline Garrity, donor Tom Nissley, Town Council Chairman Bill Walbert, WPC Chairman Bob Seelert, WPC Vice Chairman Bill Holmes, First Selectman Rob Mallozzi III, Town Councilman Kevin Moynihan, Leo Karl III of Karl Chevrolet and New Canaan Community Foundation, Department of Public Works Assistant Director Tiger Mann, Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Sally Campbell, and contractor Nick Cambareri. Kneeling in front is landscape architect Keith Simpson.
Photo: Greg Reilly