Ox Ridge Field usage application filed by town, input welcomed by commission

The Town of Darien has filed its application with the Planning & Zoning Commission for proposed use of the town-owned approximately 16 acres on the site of the previously named Ox Ridge Hunt Club.

The proposed programmed activity would be both active and passive recreation. From September until March the hours would be Monday to Friday, 7 to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to dusk. On Saturdays, the hours would be 9 a.m. to the earlier of 6 p.m. or dusk and Sundays from 12 p.m. to the earlier of 6 p.m. or dusk.

From April through August, the hours would be Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Read the entire application here. 

A field area is located toward the center of the site, and a half-mile stone chip walking path is proposed around the property to provide access to the fields and a walking, jogging or rolling trail.

No site lighting is proposed.

Two separate parking areas are proposed that consist of porous asphalt drive aisles and gravel parking spaces. A total of 92 formal parking spaces are provided in the two parking areas. Both parking areas feature one-way traffic circulation to prevent any dead-end conditions and allow for narrower entrance and exit drives.

Neighbors of the property and other residents have objected to any active recreation and have created a presentation requesting only passive. Read their letter and see their presentation here. 

A gravel area is proposed to house a portable bathroom and a 240-square foot equipment shed. The shed will house maintenance equipment and materials in addition to Parks and Recreation equipment used on-site. Opaque wooden fencing is located along the south and southeastern side of the area to provide screening.

Parks & Rec officials respond to passive recreation advocates, correct information here. 

The tentative public hearing date is May 15 at 8 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium. Comments can be sent to Commission by email to [email protected].