March 24 to 26, 2023
Vandals hit an increasingly popular park in New Canaan this past weekend, officials say.
The ruts of dirt bikes could be seen in multiple places of new trails in Bristow Park, according to Conservation Commission Chair Chris Schipper, who has led a town-supported revitalization of the Old Stamford Road wooded area for the last several years.
Fieldstones were toppled from a bridge, a bird seed donation collection box was broken open, graffiti was sprayed on structures and signs were destroyed in the park, Schipper said. The vandalism first was reported Friday afternoon, he said.
“Of course it’s disappointing that a few sophomoric individuals ruin the park experience for us all,” he said in an email.
The historic bird sanctuary and wildwood preserve is on track to mark its centennial in 2024.
The town in recent years has worked with the local Friends of Bristow Park group to plan and carry out a number of projects in the long-neglected park. Those include parking and pedestrian access, trail work, fencing, landscaping, footbridges, seating areas and pond dredging.
The latest vandalism incident is under police investigation.
Last year, the fire marshal reported a campfire started in the park that developed into a full brush fire due to gusting winds. Also last year, a home heating oil tank leak on a nearby residential road made its way into the stream that runs through Bristow, prompting the town to bring in state officials to investigate amid mitigation efforts.
Any information or tips regarding the Bristow vandals should be directed to Officer Kelly Coughlin at 203-594-3500 or email@example.com
Thank you for the tip information contact, Chris Schipper. Most importantly, thank you for being such a wonderful steward of a park enjoyed by so many.
How about we get cameras at every park entrance and exit? The tech has made these too simple and easy-to-use not to get them. And before the couple of people who always seem to complain about the “cost” of cameras at Waveny pipe in, yes it may not be free, but then neither is cleaning up the mess these vandals caused.
So now we pay for cameras as well as cleanup. 🙂
I walked the trails on March 10th & took lots of photos. Which of one shows the bird blind with no damage. Also saw a young boy entering the park were the tire tracks were made. I informed him bikes were not allowed in the park. I said there are signs letting folks know of this. He left not happy, turned around and left the park…. Didn’t see him again.