State Grants $100K for Jennings Beach Pavilion Upgrades

The Board of Selectmen accepted the STEAP grant Wednesday. The money will be used to make the pavilion completely handicap accessible.

The Wednesday accepted a $100,000 STEAP grant to be used to increase handicap accessibility at Pavilion.

The state grant, which stands for Small Town Economic Assistance Program, will cover the purchase and materials for the project, which is four-fold, Director of Public Works Richard White said.

The four components of the project are:

  • To increase the number of handicap parking spaces and constructing a handicap accessible pathway closer to the pavilion;
  • To upgrade the men’s and women’s restrooms to bring them up to current ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) codes;
  • To purchase high-density plastic boardwalk sections to allow handicap accessibility to the high-tide mark on the beach;
  • To improve other, miscellaneous aspects of the pavilion and its surroundings (for example, constructing a lower concession counter for wheelchair-bound residents).


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The total project cost is $135,400; the town’s $35,400 share covers the cost of labor and has been factored into Fiscal Year 2013 budget, White said. Construction will take approximately a month, according to STEAP grant documents.

“Our goal is to work on town facilities and make them accessible to everyone,” White said."

He cited the recent completion of the , a completely ADA-compliant facility, and the upgrades at to make that beach handicap accessible.

Fairfield Resident June 07, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Hopefully the Town of Fairfield will see the light and make ALL of its beaches and parks SMOKE FREE. NYC has.
James H June 07, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Then maybe they can tell us all what color bathing suits shouldn't be allowed and which brand of soda we can take onto the beaches too. Smoking bans are reasonable for enclosed indoor areas, putting bans on what is permitted outside is government run amok
Rose Tyler June 07, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Agreed, James. Anyway how often are so many people smoking in an open-air space that it actually affects you once you're more than two steps away from them? Making all the parks and beaches child free would improve my personal experience at them but I wouldn't never want to actually put that forward because these spaces should be usable for everyone. For Pete's sake we already can't drink on the beaches!
Fairfield Resident June 07, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Often times at the beach a smoker will light up and it will waft down the beach for many yards. Not just "two steps away". It's disgusting.
Gerard Speno June 07, 2012 at 05:00 PM
See Meeting : Board of Seelctmen 6/6/2012 on Fair TV Cabelvision Ch 79: Today: Thur : 3:45 PM, Sun 10:30 PM, Mon: 9 PM, Tue: 2 PM, W 6 AM, Fri : 2 PM Sat : 8: 30 AM Meeting Also addresses Student Recognition : Tessa Duke CT Girl Scout Gold Award Winner ..Alex Beyer ..Presidential Arts Scholar Recipient to be honored on Ceremony in Washington DC.. Also report on Sherman Elementary Building Project and STEAP grant for handicap access at the beach as discussed inthis article. Also soon to be avaialble on Video on Demand: http://fairtv.pegcantral.com
BobRyffel June 07, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Are there any conditions attached to the $100k? For instance, because Fairfield took federal money for the boat basin, there are dozens of parking spots there that anyone can use without a beach sticker, and walk the short distance to the beach.
Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) June 07, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Not any that were apparent or included in the copies of the STEAP grant application/documentation, but I can double check.
Brian June 08, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Glad to see Jennings getting up to code. The beach area is one of Fairfield's jewels. Anyone know the status of the "new" Penfield pavilion? Are the concrete blocks and berm permanent?
Eileen June 08, 2012 at 11:12 AM
So that's your argument? NYC has??? Sorry , that is NOT the town I'd want to follow....
Eileen June 08, 2012 at 11:15 AM
@ Fairfield Resident It looks like you have personal ax to grind.. Keep it that way...personal.
WTS June 08, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I would say that perhaps there should be a designated smoking section located down wind of the other beach goers as the smoke travels quite far. One can smell a smoker in a car traveling several cars in front of them ( even with the windows up, it gets into your heat/ AC system)... I think the worker part of these smokers is how MOST of them have such disregard for the environment and are in denial that flinging spent butts is POLUTING! They fling them out their windows, on the sand, on people's lawns...everywhere. Maybe if the typical smoker becomes more aware of others and the environment around, other people (the non smokers) may be a bit more to tolerant.
Chuck E. Arla June 08, 2012 at 01:19 PM
" One can smell a smoker in a car traveling several cars in front of them ( even with the windows up, it gets into your heat/ AC system)... " You are paranoid.
Fairfield Resident June 08, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Chuck: You can't handle the Truth.
Fairfield Resident June 08, 2012 at 02:21 PM
No Eileen, I just don't like having to breathe someone elses first and second hand cigarette smoke while trying to enjoy a day at the beach.
Eileen June 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM
@ Fairfield Resident No, you're just fussy. What else do you want "banned" because YOU find it annoying? Noisy children? Maybe your "neighbor" at the beach should check with you to make sure you approve of the type music they listen to? Or maybe you don't like the "aroma" of the food their eating? By all means don't interfere with YOUR experience at the beach, just everyone else's. FYI...you're not the only one at the beach.
John Jameson June 11, 2012 at 01:00 PM
You can already use Jennings or Penfield beach if you are an out-of-towner, BobRyffel, And there is a designated smoking area at Jennnings, I believe. @Eileen, I realize you're just making a point, but I'd love it if they could make, say, Sasco, a "child-free" beach. Nothing like going there to relax and a couple of moms and their kids come and plop down right next to you. Soon, the kids are whining because the beach istoo rocky for swimming and the concession stand isn't open. And I usually end up picking up my chair and towel and moving a couple hundred feet down the beach to get away from them.
R. Ludlowe June 11, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Second hand smoke is vile, and importantly, puts the victim in direct health danger. I see nothing wrong with banning smoking from public places, inside or outside. Nothing worse than sitting at the beach and getting a big lung-full of that noxious stuff. All of your other retorts against FR don't have anything to do with a direct health threat. (kids, bathing suits, music, etc.) Fallacious reasoning at its best. I recommend you let Jennings be the "smoking" beach since it seems thats where its already most prevalent, and ban it elsewhere. I never go to Jennings so that wouldn't bother me. Or, ban smoking between the hours of 9-6 when the beaches are most crowded. FR and I dont always agree, but on this we certainly do.
Fairfield Resident June 12, 2012 at 03:10 AM
So Eileen: You wouldn't object if I sat upwind of you with a cylinder of compressed hydrogen sulfide gas and let a few 5 minute bursts go every hour in your direction? From what I can tell from your post....the "aroma" wouldn't be "annoying" to you and it won't interfere with YOUR experience at the beach.
Eileen June 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM
@ Fairfield Resident "You wouldn't object if I sat upwind of you with a cylinder of compressed hydrogen sulfide gas and let a few 5 minute bursts..." Are talking about what comes out of your mouth, or your butt. Can't tell the difference. But yeah, I could get over it. Here's a thought, buy our own private beach, then you can play Nazi all you want....


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