New firm selected to design Wilton parks

The town of Wilton has decided to hire civil engineering and landscape architecture firm Milone & MacBroom, instead of Bethel-based landscape firm Middeleer Land Design, to develop concept plans for Schenck’s Island and Merwin Meadows.

The Schenck’s Island/Merwin Meadows Study Committee selected Middeleer Land Design to design the improvements for the two parks back in August, but decided to move forward with Milone & MacBroom instead during its Nov. 9 special meeting.

“The town of Wilton and Middeleer Land Design were unable to reach an agreement for the work to develop concept plans for Schenck’s Island and Merwin Meadows,” Environmental Affairs Director Mike Conklin explained to The Bulletin.

Conklin said a contract is “now in place" for Milone & MacBroom to develop concept plans for the two parks, and the firm’s work to develop those plans “will occur over this winter and spring.”

Schenck’s Island is a 17-acre parcel of land in Wilton Center, accessible from the parking lot and footbridge at River Road. Most of the park is owned by the town, but three of the southernmost acres belong to the Wilton Land Conservation Trust.

Merwin Meadows is a 17-acre park on Lovers Lane that features a swimming pond, athletic field, playground, basketball court and picnic facilities.