Rec Director: ‘Very Strong’ Waveny Pool Pass Sales as Season Opening Nears; 100 Nonresident Passes To Be Sold

Town officials say they’re seeing increased demand for Waveny Pool passes as the 2021 season’s Memorial Day weekend opening nears. So far, the town has sold 538 family passes, according to Recreation Director Steve Benko. The Recreation Department has also sold 65 individual, 41 nanny and 70 senior citizens passes, he said. “We will sell a lot more,” Benko said. Sales have been “very strong,” he said.

Rec Director: Record-High Sign-Ups for Spring Tennis Clinics

Recreation officials say they’re seeing a record number of sign-ups for the town’s spring tennis clinics. About 125 adults and nearly 300 youth signed up for spring tennis lessons, Recreation Director Steve Benko told members of the Parks & Recreation Commission during their regular meeting April 14. “For the spring session, that’s a record for us,” Benko said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “The good news is that they are working on the Mead Park tennis courts and we are hoping that by the first week in May, the courts will be open,” he said. The comments came during a general update from Benko and just 18 months after he found himself defending the tennis programs in the  face of criticism from some that the clay courts at Mead were under-used.

Parks Officials Recommend Waveny Athletic Fields for Summer Theatre of New Canaan 2021 Location

Saying a proposed location near the walled garden won’t work, parks officials last week suggested Summer Theatre of New Canaan figure out a way to put on its 2021 performances on the main athletic fields. Members of the Parks & Recreation Commission voted 10-1 at their April 14 meeting to have town officials and a designee from the appointed body work with the organization to arrange for a stage, tents and audience seats to be located near the southwest corner of Waveny’s main athletic fields, north of the main road through the park. “I think that field is amazing,” Chair Rona Siegel said during the meeting, held via videoconference. The area is flat, with good access to parking and restroom facilities, she said. It also will be visible to those using the park and especially motorists entering from Lapham Road, she said.