Binney Park

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P&Z Pushes Back on DPW Bridge/Rotary Project on Sound Beach Ave

Jim Michel said the State has set aside $3.8 million in funding, though the current estimate is $4.9 million. “They said they’d honor and bring the funding up to $4.9 million when we submit the final design plans,” he said. One resident warned that the only place where there is free cheese is in a mouse trap. Continue Reading →

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Supermoon Storm Surge Inundates Binney Pond and Its New Plantings

Conservation Commission director Denise Savageau said it’s difficult to know how much salt water intrusion there was in Binney Pond last week, given there was significant snow and rain coming downstream. The new plantings around the pond were completely submerged. Continue Reading →

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Wetlands Agency Gives DPW Green Light for Binney Pond Dredge

In a scantly attended public hearing Monday night, the Wetlands Agency voted unanimously in favor of the DPW’s application to dredge Binney Pond. There was some discussion of putting up buffer plantings to protect the pond, but Mr. Michael said Parks & Rec wants residents to have access right up to the edge of the pond for activities including the annual sailboat regatta. Continue Reading →

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Possible (Legal) Return of Open Air Ice Skating?

At the Feb. 25 Parks & Rec meeting the board discussed the possibility of restoring town-sanctioned open air skating on its ponds. Discussion focused on Binney Park. Joe Siciliano said open air skating would need to be monitored by experienced staff, rather than hiring flexible part time staff and that the ice needs to be maintained and “snow pack” managed. He said it would also be necessary to occasionally flood the ice and groom it mechanically to get out the ruts and dents. He said his department had received numerous calls from residents eager to enjoy open air skating on Town ponds and that he has witnessed himself that residents are defying the town ban, and clearing snow from ice in places like Mianus Pond and Pomerance Pond. The board decided to revisit the idea and possibly, through a combination of public-private funds, offer open air skating next winter. Continue Reading →

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