Wilton officials are moving forward to redevelop two of the town’s most utilized public spaces–Schenck’s Island and Merwin Meadows–and want input from members of the public. They’ve scheduled two meetings to get public feedback and opinion as a plan is developed.

Wilton’s Schenck’s Island/Merwin Meadows (SIMM) Committee selected Milone & MacBroom, an engineering, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental science firm, to develop a concept plan for a passive recreation plan for Schenck’s Island and a renovation plan for Merwin Meadows.

Milone & MacBroom has scheduled two public meetings–Sunday, March 24, from 1-3 p.m., and Sunday, April 28, from 1-3 p.m. in the Comstock Community Center gym.  The meetings are open to the public and no RSVP is required. If needed, a snow date will be posted on the Town website.

The March 24 meeting will provide a brief overview of the sites and then focus on collecting feedback from participants on desired features and improvements at Schenck’s Island and Merwin Meadows. At the April 28 meeting, Milone & MacBroom will present a summary of feedback gathered to date and will present a proposed concept plan for discussion and feedback. Wilton residents of all ages are encouraged to attend the meetings to provide feedback on what features and improvements they would like to see in the parks.

The Board of Selectmen established the SIMM Committee in 2017. The committee is comprised of members of the Conservation Commission, Parks & Recreation Commission, Planning & Zoning Commission, Economic Development Commission, Trout Unlimited, Wilton Land Conservation Trust, and an individual nominated by the Board of Selectmen.

In March of 2018, the SIMM Committee issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) requesting submissions from qualified professionals to provide a concept plan for Schenck’s Island and Merwin Meadows. Nine professional firms submitted a response to the RFQ. After a comprehensive review process, the town contracted with Milone & MacBroom to lead the project.

Questions may be emailed to Wilton’s environmental affairs director Mike Conklin or community affairs coordinator Sarah Gioffre.

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