Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Westport Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy announced today that the local volunteer task force, The 9th & ½ Hole Committee, has reached its fund-raising goals for the replacement for the Halfway House at Longshore Club Park and that construction will commence this spring.
An artist’s rendering of the new Halfway House. Contributed photo
A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Wednesday, March 7, at 2 p.m., at Longshore Club Park.
“We thank the many members of the community who stepped forward with cash contributions, pledges and offers of in-kind materials and services,” said Mark Holod, head of the fund-raising effort, which raised $200,000 over the past year.
“We received a tremendous amount of support from the three golf associations active at Longshore. But we couldn’t have gotten this done without the generosity of the private donors who supported this project in honor of Cliff Ross, our friend, fellow golfer and community leader.”
Westport’s Board of Selectmen voted unanimously last October to accept the gift of the Halfway House which it was told at the time was valued at $225,000. (See WestportNow Oct. 12, 2011)
Situated on the site of the old Farmhouse, the Halfway House will feature a small kitchen providing burgers, sandwiches, snacks and beverages, an enclosed porch for dining and shelter from inclement weather and new, fully accessible restrooms.
The 750-square-foot. farmhouse-style structure will be dedicated to Cliff Ross, an avid golfer and longtime member of the Golf Advisory Committee who lost a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer two years ago.
Construction of the new Halfway House is expected to take two to three months and to open for business in June, an announcement said.
At completion, the Halfway House will be “given” to the town, which will then manage its operations, according to organizers.
Joey Romeo, current concessionaire for the trailer that has served as the temporary Halfway House as well as for the Longshore Pavilion and Compo Beach food-service operations, will staff and operate the new Halfway House.
The 9th & ½ Hole Committee was assisted in their fund-raising efforts by the Friends of Westport’s Parks & Recreation nonprofit group.
Established as a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, the Friends of Parks & Recreation group seeks to supplement public efforts to build and improve opportunities for public recreational facilities in the Town of Westport.
The Friends’ website, westportfriendsofparksrec.com, served as an online resource for information and tax-deductible contributions.
“Donations continue to be welcome, and all contributors to the project will be publicly acknowledged at the opening ceremony in June,” said McCarthy.
“A new Halfway House is long overdue and will not only enhance the golf experience at Longshore but will also serve a great example of the public good that can come from private enterprise,” he said.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff offered Westport’s appreciation and congratulations to Holod, Golf Advisory Committee Chair Fred Hunter and others on the 9th & ½ Hole Committee who led the way on the fund-raising effort.
“It is another example of ongoing private-public partnerships that enhance the quality of life of our town,” Joseloff said.
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Initially I thought this was a home to help people return to society after their struggles with drink or drugs.