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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

More Compo Improvements Coming

New Compo Beach improvements under study include a walkway along South Beach and restrooms there, Westport Parks and Recreation Director Jen Fava said today.

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Westport Parks and Recreation Director addresses the Westport Rotary Club today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Addressing the Westport Rotary Club as she passed the 11-month mark on the job, she said she is currently initiating design work on the projects.

Other Compo improvements on the drawing board include dredging of the channel into the Ned Dimes Marina and rehabilitation and beautification of the Soundview Drive parking lot, she said.

These additional Compo enhancements follow the successful installation of a walkway and fencing along the East Beach, completed in recent weeks.

“People say they love the walkway and not having to go behind the parked cars,” Fava said.

She said she intends to form a Parks Advisory Committee and a Racquets Advisory Committee, which will provide customer advice and feedback just as the current Golf Advisory Committee does.

Fava said work is underway to improve the trails in Baron’s South and she hopes to make general improvements to all Parks and Recreation facilities under her purview.

She said that her department is responsible for playing fields at the schools and that it is her goal to make sure all schools are treated equally when it comes to maintenance.

Asked by an audience member what was her biggest surprise so far, Fava said it was learning the “process” of getting approvals from Westport’s boards and commissions.

She said in previous jobs in such places as Scarsdale, N.Y., and North Hempstead, Long Island, there usually was one board and a public hearing.

In Westport, she said, she now allows a minimum of four months to get approvals of initiatives.

“I am still getting used to the ‘process’ here,” she said.

Fava, who comes from a family of parks and recreation professionals, succeeded longtime director Stuart McCarthy in the job on Sept. 1, 2015.

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