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What recreational features would you like to see at Schenck’s Island and Merwin Meadows?
Town officials are circulating draft concept plans to see what items interest the public for passive recreation on Schenck’s Island and the renovation of Merwin Meadows.
The idea for Schenck’s Island is to preserve and enhance the habitat; remove invasive plants; promote access, connectivity, and views; improve space for community events and groups; develop year-round uses and appeal.
Ideas for Merwin Meadows include: reinvigorating and updating the park; improving appeal of the pond and beach; expanding other recreational opportunities; enhancing connectivity; protecting river and forested areas.
The draft plans were presented at two recent public meetings and boards containing the plans will be available throughout the month of May for viewing and commentary at various locations around Wilton including: outside the Annual Town Meeting adjourned vote on Saturday, May 11 (weather permitting), Comstock Community Center, Wilton Town Hall, and the Wilton Library.
There are blank boards for people to write their comments.
Boards will also be available on the town website, wiltonct.org, under Schenck’s Island/Merwin Meadows Committee (SIMM). Comments can be sent to Mike.Conklin@wiltonct.org.
The boards contain a Plan A and Plan B for both Schenck’s Island and Merwin Meadows, showing possible elements for each site. It is not an “either/or” situation.
For Schenck’s Island, the goal is to add more educational and cultural ideas.
Plans for Schenck’s Island Plan A include:
- Redesign of parking lot and park entry.
- Picnic pavilion and accessible path connecting Old Ridgefield Road.
- Create nature-themed free play area.
- Manage meadow area.
- Add education shed and interactive exhibit stations.
- Add river restoration plantings.
- Manage successional forest.
- Create off-leash dog run.
- Enhance River Road gateway.
- Provide river access to better link Chess Park and picnic area.
- Improve river access along the Norwalk River.