The organizers of New Canaan’s ‘Pop Up Park’ downtown will seek permission to run it continuously from July 16 to Sept. 4.
If approved by the Police Commission, the dates—from just after the Sidewalk Sale through Labor Day—would expand by several weeks the longest continuous run for the Pop Up Park, which was in place for three straight weeks last August.
Tucker Murphy, an advisor to the Pop Up Park Steering Committee from the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, said many visitors were disappointed last year when the park—located on South Avenue between Morse Court and Elm Street—was disassembled before what turned out to be a beautiful Labor Day weekend.
The committee is “trying to build upon last year while still recognizing that some of the merchants and some people have concerns about traffic flow,” Murphy said.
‘We are trying to capitalize on a time of summer when things typically are quieter in town and our mission and goal is to bring people into town and have them stay and enjoy restaurants longer and shop our stores,” she said.
The committee’s members include Chairman Martin Skrelunas, Barbara Wilson, Betsy Wilson, Jeff Holland, Keith Simpson and Arnold Karp, Murphy said.
Members of the Police Commission will hear the committee’s request during their regular meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
This summer, the Pop Up Park will feature artificial turf donated by an area company, Murphy said, and popular events such as the Food Revolution and Flower Market will return.
The decision to re-boot the Pop Up Park last year followed a summer in 2015 that saw it put off after a group of merchants expressed concerns about its effects on traffic, parking, business and aesthetics. Those concerns have been addressed and merchants have been invited to help organize the Pop Up Park, committee members have said.