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Residents discuss parks, pools at public forum

By IVY KELLER • Jul 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Local residents gathered at the Ernsthausen community room on Thursday evening to discuss the future of Norwalk’s public parks. The meeting was part of the Park and Recreation department’s public forum series, headed by safety-service director Dan Wendt.

“It was an environment that was welcoming and receptive and people felt like they could express their views without any fear of retribution,” Wendt said. The safety-service director said the forum fostered some good discussion, with attendees bringing different views to the table.

Meanwhile, Wendt hopes to see more parents bring their children to upcoming forums.

“I would love for parents to bring their kids, especially for the aquatic center next week,” he said.

Although the aquatic forum is next week, residents were already eager to discuss it. They discussed the upcoming splash pad that’s planned for installation.

They also went over other ideas, such as the design of Jaycee Park. Attendees discussed the possibility of a skating rink and campfire ring at Jaycee, which led to the idea to turn it into a winter-themed park.

Of course, everything is still in the brainstorming stage.

Wendt also discussed a citizen volunteer corps for the parks with residents, which would allow people a free membership to the Ernsthausen in exchange for a certain number of volunteer hours. 

Wendt also answered questions from people who weren’t able to attend, by accepting e-mails at [email protected] Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to email him before the next forum.

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