The locker rooms at Waveny Pool are dirty, smelly and stuffy, and some of those who use the popular facility end up elsewhere as a result, a member of a town-appointed committee said Thursday.
Their poor condition “has been brought up before,” according to Christa Kenin, a member of the Town Building Evaluation & Use Committee.
“I have tons – having spent the last six summers there, pretty much every single day—have a lot of knowledge on this matter, and there is a general great dissatisfaction with the locker rooms,” Kenin said during the public meeting—the committee’s first in three months—held at Town Hall.
“I have to say it’s disgusting,” she said during the two-hour meeting. “I hate to use that word. But that is the word I hear.”
Kenin added: “The public feedback I get over and over and over again—other than ‘It is disgusting, that is why I am joining the Field Club’—is specific” and includes complaints about ventilation and lack of privacy in toilet stalls and changing areas.
A Town Councilman, Kenin made the comments as a member of a committee charged with studying publicly owned buildings in New Canaan and reporting back to the town, with an eye on figuring out what to invest in, what to sell or otherwise offload, or what to raze.
It wasn’t clear just how Kenin’s specific comments related to the central mission of the committee.
Co-chair Amy Murphy Carroll said she has used Waveny Pool as a swimmer and “I do not think it’s that bad.”
“Could it be nicer? It is an outdoor pool,” Carroll said.
She added: ”Is it basic? I think it’s basic.”
Kenin asked whether Carroll had been at the facility “at four o’clock in the afternoon?”
Caroll responded: “That is cleaning issue. That’s not a structural issue.”
The envy of neighboring Darien, Waveny Pool generally is considered one of New Canaan’s great successes. Guided by the Parks & Recreation Commission and overseen by Recreation Director Steve Benko, the self-sustaining facility regularly makes improvements to benefit those who purchase passes. Kenin noted that the pool itself has received improvements such as a new coating and water heater.
During the meeting, the committee also provided updates on members’ studies of the fire house, police department, Nature Center buildings, Vine Cottage and paddle hut at Waveny.
Committee member Martin Skrelunas said the group for its report to the Town Council would be better off framing its findings as “options” for New Canaan rather than “recommendations.”