The Weed Beach Building Committee recently announce the start of the Weed Beach Improvement Project. Construction starts Aug. 15. The comprehensive plan to revitalize the park includes:

New bathhouse/restrooms/concession adjacent to the playground;

New paddle tennis operations building;

New sidewalks connecting sections of the beach property;

New "greener" parking areas: more landscaping and less asphalt;

Landscaping throughout the park.

The project was approved by the RTM, Planning and Zoning, the Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen in 2008 but was put on hold with the unstable economy along with all other Town capital projects. Funding was released this spring.

"Good things come to those who wait and we are thrilled that the construction on the Weed Beach Improvement Project can finally begin," said Debbie Parnon, chairman of the WBBC. "Without question, the project will dramatically enhance and beautify Weed Beach Park for all residents."

During the construction, life guards will not be on duty, the concession stand will be closed. Bathrooms and outside showers will be available until Aug. 28. The bathhouse will be closed and demolition begins Aug. 29. Parking will also be limited during construction. Residents are encouraged to go to Pear Tree Point Park where facilities will remain open until Sept. 30. Lifeguards will also be present at Pear Tree for the duration of the summer.

"Given its present condition, the existing bathhouse has been in great need of an overhaul for several years," said Neil Hauck of Neil Hauck Architects, the architect for the project. "Weed Beach is a centerpiece to this coastal community and it is exciting that we will finally have a durable and aesthetically pleasing building that the entire community can enjoy."

Part of the original plan was the waterfront playground installed during June 2009. Approximately $250,000 of private funds was raised by Playground by the Sound, a 501c3 not-for-profit, allowing this phase of the project to move forward.

For more information about the Weed Beach Improvement Project, visit www.darienct.gov.