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GREENWICH — The town is once again seeking public input on what residents want in a new municipal ice rink.

“The survey should allow Greenwich citizens to express themselves on both the plans for the new Hamill and the seasonal rink, ” Drake said, looking at the particular “user experience… desired for the new Hamill. ”

The features for a new municipal rink, which will be built in Byram on the footprint of the existing municipal rink , are “well established, ” he said. The list of long-desired features includes improved locker rooms, showers and bathrooms as well as other upgrades.

The survey will be open for responses for three to four weeks, with a report to follow, stated Luigi Romano, interim superintendent of building construction and maintenance.

The particular committee is looking for a location for a temporary rink for use during the several years that would be needed to demolish the existing rink and build a new one.

“The key decision to be made at this time is the location and features of the temporary seasonal rink, ” Drake said. “The temporary rink will be up and running before Hamill can be demolished. ”

The committee has recently focused on evaluating Roger Sherman Baldwin Park as a location for the short-term rink, which would be in operation during winter only and then taken down

The Department of Public Works is “continuing to explore the potential for siting the temporary rink” in the park, which hosts major events such the Greenwich Town Party, the Concours d’Elegance car show and outdoor summer concerts.

Roger Sherman Baldwin Park is “the primary site under consideration” by the town, Drake said, but no final decision has been made.

“The survey should allow the residents to offer views on what kind of facility should be built there, ” he said. “We believe there are more skaters in town than youth football and baseball combined. The survey will allow them to shape the town’s facilities to serve these many users with excellence. ”

The particular rink committee had originally endorsed a plan to build the new rink on a baseball field that is adjacent to the existing rink. Under that plan, the current rink would have been able to remain open throughout the construction. Then it would have been demolished and a new baseball field built.

However , that plan got heavy pushback from residents and baseball field customers. Also, members of the Byram Veterans Association were concerned about the possible impact on memorial trees in nearby Eugene Morlot Memorial Park.

First Selectman Fred Camillo then endorsed the current plan to build the new rink on the current footprint.

Upgrades of Roger Sherman Baldwin Park have also been a priority for Camillo. The survey will also explore the future of the park, Drake mentioned.

“At Roger Sherman Baldwin, should the town contemplate a high quality facility to provide benefits for years, or a simpler facility? ” he said.

SFC previously conducted a survey for that town on priorities for your new Eastern Greenwich Civic Center. Construction is expected to begin this fall on that project, after demolition began this week on the old building.

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