‘A Lasting Win-Win’: New Canaan Athletic Foundation Proposes Expanded Role, Formal Partnership with the Town
Rather than failing to plan for New Canaan’s athletic facilities or leaving the big job of fundraising to one-off volunteer groups, the town should partner with a single, existing nonprofit organization ready to map out a long-term strategy, collect private dollars and ensure that fields and facilities are playable, officials said last week. The New Canaan Athletic Foundation would establish a much-needed endowment for future turf replacement at Dunning Field, under a new agreement with the town, as well as hold additional accounts for operating expenses and, separately, for fundraising in support of new athletic complex-related capital improvements, according to Leo Karl III, who had been tasked to study town fields by the first selectman. “This is our chance as a town to build an endowment that is lasting and that does what it should,” Karl told members of the Town Council at their regular meeting. “There are a lot of reasons this makes a lot of sense,” Karl said at the meeting, held Nov. 14 at Town Hall.