Parks & Rec Update: Islands, Ferries, Beaches, Pool, Boat Slip Wait Lists

At the May Parks & Rec meeting Brian Kerzner gave the boating and marina update.

Kerzner introduced the operations manager Amy Hansen, who started at Parks & Rec seven weeks ago. Hansen grew up in Greenwich and said she was thrilled to be back in town and part of the marine division.

Kerzner described Hansen a graduate of SUNY as very qualified, having been a naval architect who spent four years building US destroyers in Maine.

“She built the center third of the ships, putting all the engines together, putting LEGOs together,” he said.

Kerzner said the town’s beaches are officially open for the season. One of the town ferries is at the dock, one will return from the shipyard on Thursday, and the third will return in a few weeks.

The town’s two islands are scheduled to open on June 9. There will be limited service until school gets out.

As for the pool opening, Parks & Rec director Joe Siciliano said there is a tentative date of June 14 for the State Health Dept inspection, but prior to that comes the TCO, then the CO.

“Pending that outcome, we’ll announce the opening date of the pool. Our goal is to open it by the first day of summer,” Siciliano said. “I don’t want to be premature and make an announcement until we get that final inspection.”

Once the State Health Dept does its inspection, assuming the the project passes muster, then the town can proceed to in house training for staff.

“We’ll be making an announcement very soon. We’d like it open no later than the 22nd of June. That’s not a formal date,” Siciliano said, adding that during the week of the 18th or 25th, he hopes to schedule a formal ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the pool’s opening, and that the Jr League will be handling invites and agenda for the event.

Kerzner said the town’s beaches are being graded this week.

As far as the town’s marinas, several projects have been completed, beginning with the Grass Island rest room, which is open. The pier at Tod’s Point is finished. The Cos Cob boat ramp is also complete.

As for boat slips, Kerzner said Grass Island and Cos Cob are both close to completely full, and at Byram the slips are 60 percent full.

As for wait lists for slips, the wait list is shorter for 20 ft slips.

“For the most part we have been able to get everyone slips for the 20 ft slips,” he said. “But for 24 ft slips, there is a 4 year wait list with about 57 boats on it.”

Kerzner said there is about a 6 year wait list with 70 boats on it for 30 ft boat slips.

Lastly, he said the 36 ft slips have an 8 year wait list with 32 boats on it.

Siciliano said the reason there is a longer wait for the longer slips is that there are fewer of them.

Parks & Rec co chair Gary Dell’Abate asked if people know where they stand on lists. Kerzner said in the beginning of the season his department calls people toward the top of the list to see if they remain interested. If not, they work their way down the lists.

See also:

Town of Greenwich Shares Beach Season Announcements 

Greenwich Parks & Rec Dept. Beach Pass Renewal Goes Online; Don’t Even Look in Your Mailbox 


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