The recent recommendation floated to build a new road through Waveny Park runs counter to the intent of creation of the Park and its still ongoing even greater necessity in protection of that covenant. The increased development nearby since Waveny’s creation reinforces the need for open space to counterbalance that development. The public will has already established by way of referendum, under a previous threat of development, the need to preserve Waveny as a park.
In addition to Waveny’s structured recreational uses, Waveny serves as a sanctuary to the body, mind and spirit in the natural or passive open space areas that are used by large numbers of people daily. As a natural area there are manifold reasons not to fragment the valuable natural areas of the park.
Sometimes where there is a disconnect for safety, health and the environment, safety and health concerns can sometimes supersede environmental concerns. There is no compelling need to create an additional road here.
There may be those who do not appreciate the intrinsic value of natural areas or the free engineered services provided by them. Many realtors know that a tree in the front yard adds five to ten percent to a property’s value. Waveny serves as the front door for entry into New Canaan. While the current real estate market is abnormal with high values, it was not too long ago that the market was depressed. Cutting up Waveny in this way would decrease the sub-urban value of New Canaan.