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Report: Weed Beach Upgrades Proceed Swimmingly

The building committee for the Weed Beach improvements project told the Board of Selectmen that the project is progressing well.

Construction of improvements to is on schedule, a member of the project's building committee told the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday.

Recently completed steps in the construction project include the removal of asphalt near the beach and removal on Tuesday of some utility wires by Connecticut Light & Power crews, said Debbie Parnon of the Weed Beach Building Committee.

Removing the asphalt near the beach "is going to make an amazing difference at Weed Beach," First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said.

Parnon, who delivered the report, said the removal of the wires will also greatly improve how the beach looks. (See attached photo for an image of the committee's one-page report.)

This week, the foundation slab for the gate house is expected to be poured, and a cement foundation for the bath house has been put in place and is ready to be built on. Crews began constructing frames for the concession stand and gazebo.

A total of $137,900 has been added to the budget for the project since it began, in part because more rocks needed to be removed than had been anticipated and plans for cement piers have been added to the project, Parnon said. The Board of Selectmen previously approved the added costs.

Plans for the project include a reconfigured parking lot; construction of a nature trail and boardwalk; and the addition, relocation, or renovation of various buildings at the site.

The "Paddle Warming Hut" was enclosed with a completed roof and the addition of windows and doors, Parnon said.

More people are using the paddle courts, partly, she suspects, because "they want to see what they're doing down there." The Paddle Warming Hut should generate some revenue for the town, with people renting it out for parties, she said.

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