What’s Happening with the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center?
Find out at the annual meeting of The Riverside Association
Thursday, January 31, 2018 at
Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich
7:00 PM Coffee <> 7:30 Business Meeting <> 7:50 PM Program
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND!
After a brief social gathering and the business of electing new governors to the Board, our meeting will focus on plans for the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center. At 7:50 PM the topic will be introduced by First Selectman Peter Tesei and questions from the pubic will be entertained by EGCC committee members.
Why discuss the Civic Center?
Back in October, we sent an email blast asking what topic people would most like to see discussed at the annual meeting. The runaway winner was the EGCC.
This facility and its poor condition have been a concern to Riverside and Old Greenwich residents for more than a decade. Many residents are still in the dark about whether the planning group making the formal recommendations to the Town will support simply reworking the existing structure or adding new athletic and community facilities.
What has been going on?
In June 2018 the Town conducted a survey of residents, facilitated by an external consultant, to better understand what residents want at the site on Harding Road in Old Greenwich. Responses were received from 2,385 people and the data was aggregated by Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA), the consulting firm, to recommend a course of action for Greenwich. The detailed results of this summer’s survey and the recommendations are in a 167 page report. In particular, the executive summary on pages 2 & 3 give the opinion of the consulting company charged with managing the survey, and pages 21 & 22 show the top results of the survey.
The Office of the First Selectman created an EGCC Advisory Committee to evaluate the survey results and develop the request for the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) for the upcoming town budget cycle. Members of this committee include:
Gary Dell’Abate, Committee Chair (Parks & Rec board member)
Katie DeLuca (town planner)
Karen Fassulliotis (BET)
Scott Johnson (Parks & Rec board member)
Alan Monelli (Public Works)
Meg Nolan (community rep, Old Greenwich)
Kirk Schubert (Parks & Rec board member)
Joseph Siciliano (Parks & Rec Director)
Susan Snyder (Parks & Rec staff)
The committee has met this fall to determine the characteristics of a new civic center and put together an RFP for architects to design the structure.
A funding request for the project has been included in the First Selectman’s CIP proposal for the coming fiscal year.
Please come prepared with questions and let your neighbors know about this event. It is open to all.