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'Good neighbor' spruces up area around sign for Norwalk park

Cary Ashby • Sep 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Let’s call this generous person “a good neighbor.”

That’s how Joe Lindenberger, superintendent of the Norwalk parks and recreation department, refers to the Norwalk resident who made a generous donation to the city. The man added decorative stones inside a curb he installed to surround the sign at the end of the Sofios Family Park nature trail at the intersection of Deerfield Avenue and Quail Hollow Drive.

In fact, Lindenberger said the man is as passionate as much about the city park system “as any resident in Norwalk.”

“He really cares about making that area look good for Norwalk,” he added, noting the resident often picks up trash and uses a leaf blower on the boardwalk in the Sofios nature trail.

The Reflector received a tip Monday about the resident’s generosity.

The man, who prefers to remain anonymous, put in about 10 hours of work for the new additions.

“I put the curb around (the sign) to hold the stones in. I went to get a couple tons of stones,” said the man, who undertook the project simply to make it look nice. “It’s 12 inches tall and 5 1/2 inches wide.” 

Before installing the curb and adding the decorate stones, “I talked to Joe five or six months ago to tell him that I was going to do it,” he added. “He said, ‘Great.’”

Lindenberger was pleased to hear about the man’s idea. With limited money in his budget, the parks and rec superintendent said there were no immediate plans to improve the area around the sign and he enjoys “the extra little touch” it has now.

“Any time we have a community member who improves the community, it’s a win-win,” Lindenberger added.

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