‘I Would Never Think of Doing That’: New Canaan Baseball Wrangles with Local Families Picnicking on Turf Fields at Mead
Town officials say they’re installing even larger signs prohibiting people from bringing food, bicycles, strollers and dogs onto the newly turfed baseball fields at Mead Park after several incidents involving local families already this spring. If the signs and warnings don’t work, the next step will be to lock up the little league fields so no one can enter and provide New Canaan Baseball coaches with keys so they’re used only by the organization, according to Recreation Director Steve Benko. “The problem is these mothers come to the playground and they come with the kids and bring a stroller and then they want to be out in the sun and the kids come onto the field and run the bases, which is fine, but then the kids lay down and they set up there and have snacks,” Benko said when asked about the problem. Also recently, Benko said he had two dog trainers working with service dogs on Mellick and Gamble Fields. “It’s been an issue and we’ve asked people not to bring food on the field—I’ve already put signs up at both gates,” Benko said.