While Darien’s purchase of the 16.25 acre Ox Ridge Field has been in the works since 2016, the town spent most of the year debating how the land should be used. Hearings for the town’s parks master plan was dominated by discussion of the new property and whether it should be open to use by organized youth sports or limited to passive recreation.
Earlier this year the town of Darien finalized the purchase of the Ox Ridge Field from the Hunt Club for $6.25 million dollars. The club is using the sale to help fund a revitalization process that includes a new name, the Ox Ridge Riding & Racquet Club. With a legacy of more than 100-years the property has a historic significance in town and will soon become a public resource. For now, town residents can visit the Ox Ridge Field, but there is no on-site parking or organized activity allowed on the property.