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Friends Parking Lot Campaign Succeeds

Work on the lower parking lot on Merriebrook Lane has begun. SWRPA's report on the Mianus River Watershed identified the parking lot as a major source of run-off and pollution into the Mianus River. SWRPA is the South Western Regional Planning Agency, the official regional planning organization for lower Fairfield County. The parking lot had also become deeply rutted and unsightly.

The Friends of Mianus River Park and other organizations, including The Mianus River Watershed Council, explored ways to improve the parking lot to make it environmentally sound and more welcoming. As a result, in 2012, the City of Stamford, which has a representative on the board of directors of The Friends, agreed to fund the design of a parking lot which was both environmentally sound and attractive. The design includes a three-phase plan for the renovation of all four parking areas to be completed as funds become available.

After the design was completed and approved, funding for phase one was included in the Capital Budget for fiscal year 2014-15. To try to ensure that these funds were not cut during the budget process, and that the parking lot would be a priority, The Friends of Mianus River organized a campaign of support and board members spoke in support of the project at a public hearing held by the Board of Finance and the Board of Representatives last March, attended by Mayor Martin.

Separately, the board members of the Friends of Mianus River worked with neighbors and with the City to reach agreement for the paving of Merriebrook Lane. Repaving of Merriebrook Lane will be completed when work on phase one is completed.

The Friends of Mianus River Park is pleased to see these important improvements to the park.


Construction Progress on the Merriebrook Lane Parking Lot

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Week 1
Merriebrook Lane Parking Lot Improvements 1

Merriebrook Lane Parking Lot Improvements 2


Week 2 - Work on the parking lot continues...
Merriebrook Lane Parking Lot Improvements 3

Merriebrook Lane Parking Lot Improvements 4


Week 3,4 - Rapid Progress!
Merriebrook Lane Parking Lot Improvements 5

Merriebrook Lane Parking Lot Improvements 6


Week 6,7
Merriebrook Lane Parking Lot Improvements 7

Merriebrook Lane Parking Lot Improvements 8


Week 7
Merriebrook Lane Parking Lot Improvements 9

Merriebrook Lane Parking Lot Improvements 10


Final Touches
(Lines Painted for Parking Spaces and Stairs added)
Lines Painted for Parking Spaces

Stairs added


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