Board accepts athletic foundation's gifts, send to RTM for approval
Published 5:08 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Darien Athletic Foundation is quickly making its way through the process toward installing a $200,000 scoreboard for the start of the fall sports season and a $500,000 concession stand in spring 2014, two parts of a much larger $7.5 million Sunny Day project.
On Tuesday, May 21, the Board of Selectmen accepted the foundation's gifts to the town.
"They have an idea, a mission, a goal," said Superintendent Stephen Falcone about the members of the Darien Athletic Foundation, which is pursuing the project to improve youth sports in Darien.
The Board of Education previously accepted the gifts during its April 23 meeting.
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The Representative Town Meeting needs to approve the receipt of the gifts. The next scheduled RTM meeting is in September.
Members of the Board of Selectmen commended the Darien Athletic Foundation for its drive and desire to improve the athletic facilities in town.
"I hope there is someone else in the community with the same passion for the arts," said First Selectmen Jayme Stevenson in reference to a group coming together with such a large project for improvements in mind.
The Planning and Zoning Commission already has approved the site plan application for the scoreboard. The concession stand has yet to go before the commission, but it will require a public hearing.
Funds for the scoreboard already have been secured by the Darien Athletic Foundation from private donors.
The foundation, which was incorporated in January 2013 after receiving its not-for-profit status, started work on getting the Sunny Day project off the ground.
The project was developed with input from Falcone; Michael Lynch, Board of Education facilities manager; Michael Sullivan, DHS athletic director; DHS field sports, such as football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, varsity coaches; Jeremy Ginsberg, planning and zoning director; and heads of youth leagues.
All of the phases of the overall project will be presented to the town as gifts. The organization wants to endow funds to be used for future maintenance so that the town incurs no costs.