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Waveny Pool will be open to nonresidents

Updated 10:05 am, Thursday, June 20, 2013
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The Board of Selectmen approved Tuesday morning a plan to allow up to 100 nonresidents to purchase passes to Waveny Pool.

Recreation Department Director Steve Benko said the idea has been batted around for years, but a recent letter from one of the private schools in town was the catalyst. New Canaan public school teachers who do not live in New Canaan are permitted to buy a pool pass, but private school teachers in the same situation do not receive the same opportunity. In the spirit of fairness, he decided to allow for a certain number of nonresidents to buy passes. The passes are available to all nonresidents, not just teachers.

The proposition was met warmly by the Board of Selectmen.

"When we built the pool, it was supposed to pay for itself," Selectman Nick Williams said at the meeting. "Assuming that there's capacity and space at the pool, I'm personally in favor of this to get back on track in terms of finances."

Benko said there is enough capacity. He could not give an average daily estimation of the number of people who use the pool, but said on a good day, he thought traffic was between 600 and 700 people. He cited Pound Ridge, N.Y., as the town from which New Canaan based its policy, which also allows up to 100 nonresidents to buy pool passes.

Benko suggested $750 as a price for the pass, but First Selectman Robert Mallozzi thought that sounded too high, given that the pool opened Memorial Day weekend and several weeks were already gone. Residents pay $385 for a family pass; all nonresident passes would also be family passes.

The board decided to use $750 as the price going forward, prorated this year to $500.

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