Background of the Conservancy


 The mission of Waveny Park Conservancy is to maintain, preserve and improve Waveny Park in perpetuity for the Local Community.

Waveny Park

Waveny Park is a 130 acre Estate of parkland and woodlands that lies south of the main driveway. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm (sons of Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame), Waveny is the jewel in the crown of New Canaan. The Park offers 4.5 miles of bucolic woodland trails, a peaceful pond and extensive lawns and meadows that provide both physical and mental benefits to the local community. Over 250,000 visitors visit the park annually.

Waveny Park Conservancy

 Founded in June 2015, The Conservancy is a 501 (3) (c) public private partnership with the Town of New Canaan. Acting as the primary  Advocate for the Park, The Conservancy is managed by a Board of 12 New Canaan residents and Town employees who are responsible for all operations, maintenance and landscape improvement projects.

Funding is primarily provided by private donations. Since 2022, The Town has allocated $300,000 annually for approved capital improvement projects. However, the allocation may only be released against matching private donations. In the event that The Conservancy does not use any of the annual town allocation, the residual amounts roll over into the next financial year.

As a result, The Conservancy has an annual fund raising goal of $500,000; $300,000 to match the town allocation for approved capital projects, plus $200,000 to fund Maintenance, Operating Expenses, and selective other improvement projects executed at the Board’s discretion.


Waveny Park Conservancy

Waveny Park Conservancy is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Waveny Park Conservancy
PO Box 944
New Canaan, CT 06840