Kiwanis Funding for New Park on River Road
Accepted at Board of Selectmen's June 6 Meeting;
Pictured at Town Hall Monday are First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice, Director of Environmental Affairs Mike Conklin (second from right), and Members of the Kiwanis Board of Directors after presentation of Kiwanis' $17,000 check to the Town of Wilton.
The Wilton Kiwanis Club presented the Town of Wilton with a gift of $17,000 toward the development of a new Town park on River Road. The Board of Selectmen accepted the gift at their meeting on Monday night, June 6.
In explaining the park project to the Board of Selectmen, Environmental Affairs Director Michael Conklin stated that invasive species have been removed and twenty-one new trees will be planted in the cleared area. The park will also feature three chess tables, one of which will be wheelchair accessible. Conklin said, “This project will improve the plant biodiversity of the open space and hopefully develop a sense of stewardship in kids who will be able to easily access the river.”
First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice stated, “This project would not have been possible without the generous support of Kiwanis. On behalf of the numerous residents who will enjoy the park, thank you, Kiwanis.”
Kiwanis President John Savarese said, “Supporting this innovative park is consistent with a long tradition of Wilton Kiwanis contributing to make the Town a better place for families and children.” Wilton Kiwanis donated the first ambulance to the Town and was instrumental in obtaining land for the Family Y and for Merwin Meadows.
Savarese said that initiating support for the park was the brainchild of Kiwanis’s Marquee Project Committee, which had been studying options for over a year. The Committee includes Kiwanis President-Elect Rudi Hoefling, Immediate Past President Paul Hannah, and Dave Forslund.
Kiwanis intends to provide continuing support in coming years to help maintain and extend the park. During the meeting Mike Conklin explained the park will have an three-foot diamater granite Kiwanis seal embedded near the entrance.
Summer Luncheon Meetings Wednesday Noon at Kiwanis Park
Starting June 22 through September 7