Waveny Park Conservancy in conjunction with the Town of New Canaan, announced this week that work has finally started on the highly anticipated new Service Area entrance to the Parterre Gardens. Long an eyesore for visitors entering the gardens from below the service area, the project was originally slated to start in 2022. However, it was postponed due to excessively high quotes in the wake of Covid-related supply chain issues.

Previously, visitors were forced to circumnavigate two ugly dumpsters in order to access the lower Parterre Walk. The new design, created by local firm Kathryn Herman Design, aims to transform the entrance. The first task, now underway, is to rebuild the crumbling parterre wall alongside the Peony Walk. Once completed, a short new wall will be built perpendicular to the parterre in order to hide the dumpsters; a shrubbery bed will grace the front side.

With the dumpsters moved, the main feature will be an attractive bluestone patio and new plantings with steps leading down to the lower car park and Carriage Barn. “It’s been a long time coming”, said Stephen Boeschenstein, Chairman of Waveny Park Conservancy “but it’s been worth the wait. The final cost is half what we were quoted in 2021. Combined with the recently re-laid flagstone walkways, it will be a stand-out entrance and a far better option for brides considering a wedding entrance along the Peony Walk.”

Work is expected to be completed by the end of June and visitors are asked to avoid the entrance until then.

Waveny Park Conservancy is a public private partnership with the Town of New Canaan. Responsible for 130 acres of park and woodlands south of the main driveway, The Conservancy’s mission is to maintain, preserve and improve Waveny Park in perpetuity for the Community.