Repairs to new Wilton track damaged by Ida will take 'some time,' parks director says

Wilton's Veteran Memorial Stadium

Wilton’s Veteran Memorial Stadium

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WILTON — The newly renovated high school track was damaged by the remnants of Ida that swept through Connecticut last week.

“We had overflow from the intermittent water course behind the stadium,” Director of the Wilton Parks and Recreation Department Steve Pierce said Tuesday.

He explained the runoff caused mud, dirt and other sediment to make part of the $973,300 Wilton High School track replacement project look more “like a cross country course.”

Cleanup will be needed and Pierce said his department will contact professionals to help conduct the necessary work, including Stantec, the Boston-based athletic complex consulting company.

Pierce said a plan will be put together by Wednesday, but the cleanup will not be “something minimal.”

“It will take some time to get the field ready and back,” Pierce said. “And that is why we are bringing in professionals to do that.”

Pierce said he will contact First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice about the potential costs of the cleanup once the damage has been evaluated.

Despite the conditions, Pierce said the track “never really closed.” He clarified, saying his department is “not encouraging” residents to use the areas affected by the runoff, but the track remains open to the public.

On the other side of the high school campus, Kristine Lilly Soccer Field is also dealing with some infill displacement. Pierce said that field will also be examined on Wednesday.

Merwin Meadows

The effects of Ida affected other parts of town, too.

Pierce said the beach area at Merwin Meadows Park was “completely flooded” due to the rain.

Cleanup was still being done and the swimming pond remained closed on Tuesday.

“It is undergoing an assessment,” Pierce said.

He said the pond will reopen once the water has been tested since the storm caused a lot of debris to fall into the water.