WALLINGFORD — The Recreation Commission is considering a redesign of Lufbery Park after the microburst in May damaged ball fields.
John Gawlak, Parks and Recreation director, said Friday that ideas on how to repurpose the park are still conceptual.
Proposals include eliminating the ball fields, since commissioners decided not to rebuild the damaged fence and backstop, and create green space instead.
Other ideas include moving the pavilion closer to the restrooms and reorganizing the parking area and main driveway.
“It’s a really nice opportunity to update that part of the park with a with new pavilion,” he said.
Commissioners discussed the issue Wednesday and plan to continue talking about concepts at a future meeting.
“We’re going to carefully plan it out,” Gawlak said, adding that Parks and Recreation will work with the town Engineering and Public Works departments.
For now, “it’s a project that’s on the back burner,” he said, “that might be a priority in a year or two.”
After the storm on May 15, 2018, the park was closed for weeks as crews cleared the damage.
The microburst brought 100 mph winds along a 7-mile path from Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden to the Tyler Mill Preserve in Wallingford, both of which remain closed.
Pire Park on Northfield Road, Wallace Park and Marcus Cooke Park also were closed temporarily due to storm damage.
Redoing the parking area and main driveway at Lufbery Park may help the garbage dumping problem.
“Around this time of year, right after the holidays, we always see a spike in that particular location of dumping down the embankment,” Gawlak said.
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