New Canaan parks officials float new ideas for Kiwanis Park
New Canaan parks officials Tuesday painted a picture of a reimagined Kiwanis Park amid their fears the swimming hole on New Norwalk Road could be closed.
“We’re not talking about closing the park,” First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during the discussion.
Assistant Recreation Director Bill Kapp, who approached the dais during a budget presentation by Recreation Director Steve Benko and Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Rona Siegel, said he grew up in New Canaan and learned to swim at Kiwanis Park, and took responsibility for trying new things to justify keeping the park open.
Kapp talked of trying to attract more people with a water park at Kiwanis, with inflatable floating apparatus on which children and teens could play. There was talk of creating a new beach volleyball court closer to the existing parking lot, as the presence of the New Canaan YMCA camp during the summer prevents use of the current court.
As Kapp suggested attracting more teens to Kiwanis, Moynihan commented from his seat that it could be “dangerous.”
There had been a spike in attendance at Kiwanis Park last year, Benko said, but Moynihan said that the Mead Park playground was closed at the time, and might have detoured your families to Kiwanis.
Benko talked of reducing the days and hours at Kiwanis Park to cut costs by requiring less of a staff presence.
Moynihan, however, said that the playground at Kiwanis Park could be moved to the Waveny Pool, which already has aquatic facilities. Benko said recreation areas near the pool are geared toward fitness.