Darien Foundation to celebrate playground at Weed Beach Fest

The Darien Foundation will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Weed Beach playground by hosting the Kids Cove at this year’s Weed Beach Fest.

The Darien Foundation will celebrate the 10th birthday of the Playground by the Sound by hosting the Kids Cove, at the third annual Weed Beach Fest, presented by Ring’s End, on Saturday, June 1.

The Kids Cove, which will be located on the beach near the playground, will offer games and activities for children ages 4-12. Last year, nearly 125 children took part in the fun, and the Darien Parks & Recreation Department expects an even bigger crowd at this year’s celebration.

“We are excited to partner with Parks & Rec to offer this fun gathering for children to play together and for families to come out and enjoy this town jewel.” said Sarah Woodberry, executive director of the Darien Foundation.

The enhanced, nautical-themed Playground by the Sound first opened to Darien residents in July 2009, thanks to an grassroots initiative led by a group of parents including Courtney Darby, Meghan Moore, Mary Pasierb, and Susan Daly (then Parks & Recreation Commissioner), who formed The Playground by the Sound, Inc. The volunteer, non-profit group worked to obtain town approval and raise the needed $250,000.

The Darien Foundation, then known as The Darien Technology and Community Foundation, provided a $57,500 leadership grant to fund the playground. “Due to a difficult financial climate when we started our project, the town paused work on the renovation of Weed Beach,” said Daly. “But when the Foundation agreed to be lead major donor for the playground, it opened opportunities for us with other sponsors and donors. I think we can truly say that this playground would not have happened without the support of the Darien Foundation.”

“The Playground by the Sound was one of the first projects we funded after we expanded the scope of our mission to include capital projects that would benefit the Darien community,” said Ward Glassmeyer, Chairman of The Darien Foundation. “It is rewarding to see that it remains so popular with children and their parents.”

The waterfront playground includes swings, slides, monkey bars, rope climbing ladders, and play areas—all set on a sandy pitch with a view of Long Island Sound.

The third annual Weed Beach Fest, presented by Ring’s End, will take place from 12 to 7, and the Kids Cove will be open from 12 to 5. In addition to the Kids Cove, the Weed Beach Fest includes live music from three bands (Gunsmoke, Chasing Day and Alex Shillo, a Bruce Springsteen cover band), as well as hot food vendors including a clam bake, games and contests for the whole family and so much more! Please visit the Parks and Recreation website for event details at darienct.gov/WBFest.com.

“Weed Beach Fest, presented by Ring’s End, is a perfect example of community businesses and non-profits partnering to provide programs and events that truly benefit Darien. This annual annual festival is already becoming a Darien family favorite,” said Jami Gore, Program Supervisor for Darien Parks and Recreation.

The Darien Foundation (darienfoundation.org) is an independent, community-based nonprofit organization that provides grants for technology and capital initiatives which create opportunity for Darien’s youth, support our town’s safety and security services, and enhance the overall quality of life in Darien through collaboration with community organizations.

Since 1998, The Darien Foundation has awarded over $4.2 million in grants to benefit our community and to build a better Darien. The Darien Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization.