Town officials say they’re pulling together an inventory of all the different types and styles of park benches in New Canaan, with an eye on creating a more uniform look and feel.
Members of the Parks & Recreation Commission said at their most recent meeting that they’d like to “standardize the benches” so that there’s less variety on a per-park basis.
“These are different from the memorial benches—we are also going to get a protocol together for that,” Commissioner Francesca Segalas said at the group’s regular meeting, held July 11 in the Lapham Community Center.
“But each of these places has different benches and chairs and picnic tables. We all know Irwin has the Adirondack type look, and the Apple Cart-looking tables at Mead with the cross-hatch green, and so each of the parks has a difference. But some of them have four or five different variations and [Commissioner] Laura [Costigan] and I are accumulating data and pictures and then we will figure out what is the best uniform one to have at each of the parks.”
Recreation Director Steve Benko noted that many of the teak benches in New Canaan parks are 25 years old.
Segalas said that most of those are memorial benches.
“They are supposed to have like a 10-year-life, right?” she said.
Commission Chair Sally Campbell said the overabundance of bench types is especially prevalent at Kiwanis Park on Old Norwalk Road.
“The interesting thing is—Francesca shared some pictures—in Kiwanis, I swear, every bench in the park is different,” Campbell said. “There’s like 10 different types of benches in the park. Nothing pulls together. So we are looking for something to pull together.”
The inventorying effort is meant “to kind of beautify the parks a little bit more,” Campbell said.
Segalas said, “Just in Kiwanis, there is fiberglass, there is the Y Camp ones, there are the boxed wood ones—and this is within the same playground area—and then there are the anchored ones under the pagoda.”
According to Campbell, the final report on benches is to come before the Commission in September.