Selectmen continue South Park talks

The wooded, 30-acre site is on South Park Avenue near Exit 47 of the Merritt Parkway.

The wooded, 29-acre site is on South Park Avenue near Exit 47 of the Merritt Parkway.

First Selectman Adam Dunsby has had a follow-up converation with Michael Kinney of Sacred Heart University about the feasibility of developing the South Park property into an aquatic center, tennis courts and playing fields.

The selectmen added a discussion of South Park to the agenda at their meeting June 4 at Town Hall so they could talk about it.

Dunsby said Sacred Heart remains interested in the site and plans to come out and study the property more thoroughly. Kinney presented a mock-up of the concept to the selectmen earlier this year, but to do the studies required to go to the next step requires more money. The university first wanted to assess the town’s interest before making the investment.

From Easton’s perspective, Dunsby said the top topics of discussion are the price, shared use of the facilities and protection of the Mill River, based on comments from residents at meetings and forums the selectmen have held.

Selectman Robert Lessler said he would like to discuss the shared use by the town of the aquatic center and facilities before Sacred Heart spends a lot of money.

Selectman Scott Centrella also said the town should not get too far down the road before doing due diligence to determine what hours the pool be available to residents.

The selectmen said they would like to have it open during some daytime and early evening hours and determine its availability for Joel Barlow High School students’ use.

Dunsby said the project involved a process and studies to determine if it can be done. If so, it will move forward. But at this point no one should assume it is a done deal, he said.

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