The Jeniam Meadow, which was originally a cornfield 100 years ago, is a ten-acre site adjacent to Waveny Pond on the east side of the park. When Waveny Park was the Lapham’s private estate, this area was literally a cornfield and part of the working farm. In the 50 years since New Canaan acquired the property, this area has suffered from lack of purpose and unfortunately has become the final resting place for New Canaan’s pond dredgings, used asphalt and broken curb. It has also suffered from an extensive phragmites infestation, which covers approximately seven acres.
The Waveny Park Conservancy with generous support from the Jeniam Foundation is restoring the site to a wildflower meadow surrounded by a healthy woodland verge. During the first phase of the project, the area was cleared of invasive phragmites. Recently, the Conservancy began to implement the design and seeded the meadow with wildflowers. The Meadow now provides a serene environment for birdwatchers, naturalists, and most importantly, the wildlife.