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‘We Will Figure Out What Is the Best Uniform One’: Parks Officials Seek to Standardize Benches in New Canaan

Town officials say they’re pulling together an inventory of all the different types and styles of park benches in New Canaan, with an eye on creating a more uniform look and feel. 

Members of the Parks & Recreation Commission said at their most recent meeting that they’d like to “standardize the benches” so that there’s less variety on a per-park basis. “These are different from the memorial benches—we are also going to get a protocol together for that,” Commissioner Francesca Segalas said at the group’s regular meeting, held July 11 in the Lapham Community Center. “But each of these places has different benches and chairs and picnic tables. We all know Irwin has the Adirondack type look, and the Apple Cart-looking tables at Mead with the cross-hatch green, and so each of the parks has a difference. But some of them have four or five different variations and [Commissioner] Laura [Costigan] and I are accumulating data and pictures and then we will figure out what is the best uniform one to have at each of the parks.”

Recreation Director Steve Benko noted that many of the teak benches in New Canaan parks are 25 years old. 

Segalas said that most of those are memorial benches. 

“They are supposed to have like a 10-year-life, right?” she said. Continue Reading →

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First Selectman Kevin Moyinhan said during a media briefing Thursday that he’s asked one of New Canaan’s foremost nonprofit figures—Leo Karl III—to lead the New Canaan Athletic Foundation. Karl, known for his extensive volunteer work with organizations that include the New Canaan Community Foundation, where he had served as president, agreed to take on the role, according to Moynihan. Praised by Moynihan for its fundraising ability, the NCAF among other organizational priorities is seeking to establish its own nonprofit arm along the lines of what a similar  group has in Darien, the first selectman said. ***

A Darien homeowner is taking a New Canaan man and his company to small claims court for $4,660.32, saying he committed breach of contract by failing to complete painting work, sealing broken plumbing behind “impenetrable tile and drywall work” and incorrectly installing tile, according to a complaint filed in May. In an answer and counterclaim, the New Canaan man said he’s owed $2,089.63 and that the plaintiff is suing for work not included in the contract. Continue Reading →

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‘I Know It Is Extremely Frustrating’: Contractor’s Failure to Deliver Material Delays Opening of Clay Tennis Courts at Mead Park

Tennis players in New Canaan are frustrated that the courts at Mead Park haven’t yet opened for the season, officials said Wednesday night, a problem caused by a contracted company that’s failed to deliver the clay material. Normally, the “Hartru” courts at Mead are open around May 20, according to Recreation Director Steve Benko. 

But a Cheshire-based company that did a very good job preparing the facility last year, despite weather-related problems, has “dropped the ball” this spring, he said at a regular meeting of the Parks & Recreation Commission. “The problem is, they have to put 50 bags of material on each court,” he said during the meeting, held at Lapham Community Center. “They can’t get the material here to put it on the courts. So they came in and micro-groomed the courts and pulled weeds. Continue Reading →

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Town Officials ‘Looking Forward To Successful Season’ at Increasingly Popular Waveny Pool [CORRECTION]

Summer in New Canaan just wouldn’t feel right without Waveny Pool open and filled to the brim with local and non-resident families alike. In preparation for this year’s season, which once again is seeing an uptick in interest among new users, Waveny Pool concentrated on maintenance of the facility, according to Recreation Director Steve Benko. Both pool heaters are active and working, Benko said, the locker rooms have been entirely re-painted and wood re-stained. The town-owned and -operated facility’s strongest client base tends to be families, but they generally don’t think about buying passes until summer weather comes along, according to Benko. “We’ve finally seemed to turn a corner from crummy spring weather,” he said. Continue Reading →

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Town Hires Greenwich Company for $16,000 in Irrigation Work at Waveny Pool

Town officials on Tuesday approved a $15,895 contract with a Greenwich-based company to repair and replace parts of the irrigation system around the Waveny Pool. The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 in favor of the contract with Summer Rain. According to Recreation Director Steve Benko, an irrigation system was installed when the pool was built 17 years ago “that included a sprinkler system for lawn and whole series of drip irrigation for plants or whatever.”

“And we have a whole lot of leaks,” Benko told the selectmen at their regular meeting, held at Town Hall. The area of the pool by the diving boards is “soaking wet,” Benko said. Summer Rain, which has done irrigation and maintenance work on New Canaan’s playing fields in the past, will remove some of the cracked drip irrigation equipment that isn’t truly needed and upgrade the drip irrigation system in front of the Waveny Pool building for landscaping, Benko said. Continue Reading →

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