Norwalkers working to save Oak Hills woods

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk activists continue to fight for the woods at Oak Hills Park, even if it appears the woods have been saved from a proposal to building a driving range there.

The Friends of Oak Hills Park are planning to make a pitch at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday to the Conservation Commission, described as the first step to designate this land as permanent open space. After that, the Common Council will vote on a resolution presented by Councilwoman Anna Duleep (D-At Large), designating those woods as open space to be preserved in perpetuity.

The Oak Hills Park Authority had been considering allowing a private vendor to build a driving range in those woodlands, behind the restaurant. The authority chose instead on Aug. 15 to pursue a proposal from Total Driving Range Solutions to construct a range behind the cart barn.

The friends of the park have about 230 signatures on a petition advocating making the woods open space, according to Duleep’s resolution.

The petition states, “While we applaud Oak Hills Park Authority’s decision not to destroy the woodlands at this time, we don’t want to have to fight this fight again. Therefore we call upon Norwalk’s Mayor, Common Council, Oak Hills Park Authority, and other governing bodies to designate the woodlands in Oak Hills Park as permanent open space, to be preserved, conserved, and protected from development in perpetuity.”


5 responses to “Norwalkers working to save Oak Hills woods”

  1. Admo

    It’s a golf course for goodness sake!! Get over yourselves.

  2. EveT

    Oak Hills is a city park chartered for multiple use.

  3. Piberman

    The lesson here is that the Common Council, some of whose members gave been aboard for decades and decades, needs to be far more attentive when appointing to City boards such as the Oak Hills Authority. The lesson here is that when City boards act in ways detrimental to the public interest the public can convince the City can override its boards and restore confidence. At day’s end the Oak a Hills Authority did not adequately serve its mandate. The Common a Council would be well advised to appoint a new Authority that enjoys public confidence. That means managing the Park for all of our citizens.

  4. Suzanne

    Admo, you are incorrect and EveT is correct. It would behoove you to read the City Charter defining just what Oak Hills is as a public park.

  5. Don’t Panic

    Common Council does not “appoint”. The Mayor does and the Council approves, which they apparently do not unreasonably withhold. Remember that on November 5th if you are unhappy with any of the commission appointments we are living with now.

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