Some items in the Park and Rec Department portion of Newtown's Capital Improvement Plan have been discussed by the Board of Selectmen.
The Department is considering making a marina on Lake Lillinonah, similar to the boat slips at Eichler's Cove where people can store vessels. The plan calls for turning the Eichler's account into a general waterfront account because it's a money generator for the department. There would be no bonding for the project, which would include resurfacing the parking lot, repairing failing boat ramps and providing boat dockage and enlarged picnic area with pavilion. There is currently a waiting list of people looking for boat slips on Eichler's Cove, which is at capacity.
The line item about Tilson Field turf replacement would be paid for with the field surcharge, not bonding. The field has reached its useful life.
There's also an ongoing discussion about continuing a rail trail into Newtown through Batchelder Park. No bonding is proposed. Newtown could apply for grants to remove and clear old rail bed to convert it to an urban trail. The project has been looked into for over a decade, according to the CIP. The brownfield contaminated area of Batchelder has not allowed any movement into Newtown from the Trumbull/Monroe rail area. A trail committee and the new initiatives in town, AARP, Healthy and Sustainable initiatives all identify this project as a large benefit to their initiatives in the Newtown community and surrounding communities. Formalized in 2001 by the state, the regional trail pieced together existing paths that had developed separately on the former Housatonic Railroad line—one of New England’s first—from urban Bridgeport to rural Monroe.