Letter: Grace Farms is a town jewel
Forty years ago, my husband and I moved to New Canaan to raise a family. We chose New Canaan for its beauty and charm. But in 40 years, we have seen a vocal minority that has time and again resisted embracing anything new even when that change offered a better quality of life for all.
As I look at our town’s jewels, I find too many examples where a small group vehemently opposed their development and/or enhancement: The Glass House was decried by a few, but Philip Johnson persevered; Waveny Castle and grounds needed major repairs when they were gifted to the town, but a vocal minority opposed improvements; the swings at Mead Park were rusted derelicts until some brave moms resisted a vocal minority and installed new facilities; the forces-of-no protested lighting the high school athletic fields until parents and coaches overcame this resistance.
Remember the fussing that preceded the arrival of the farmers’ market?
And the complaints about installing sidewalks in town?
And the protests the Summer Theater of New Canaan faced in finding a home?
Which brings me to the town’s latest jewel — Grace Farms, 80 acres of beautiful space, open to all, and free of charge. Once again, the naysayers are in full voice.
Yes, there are issues that have to be resolved between Grace Farms and its neighbors. But by seeing Grace Farms as an opportunity to enhance the quality of life in New Canaan, I believe the P&Z, as it has done in the past, will address these challenges and enhance the gift the benefactors of Grace Farms have bestowed upon New Canaan.
In the 40 years I have lived here, the town has found ways for all sides to work together for the benefit of all the citizens of New Canaan. Like the other jewels in New Canaan, Grace Farms is an investment in our town’s future that our children and their children will enjoy for years to come.
Editor’s note: Dede Bartlett is a co-chair of the New Canaan Domestic Violence Partnership.