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Danbury to name Open Space land after former property owner

Danbury officials want to give a name to a parcel of land purchased by the City for open space.  Wiedel Meadows would be named in honor of the land's former owners, Monique and Philip Wiedel.  Monique dedicated her life to conservation issues and was an advocate for open space initiatives in Danbury.  The 65 acres off Long Ridge Road, near Tarrywile Park, is currently being improved for public access and open space use.  It's protected by a conservation easement.  Danbury paid $700,000, out of the conservation fund, for the property, which is valued at $1.2 million.  The land features an old orchard, meadows and woods.  City officials hope to eventually connect the parcel to the Ives Trail, a 20-mile path spanning Ridgefield, Redding, Bethel and Danbury. 

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