Merwin Meadows is a community park offering a swimming pond, beach, pavilion/grills, bathhouse, playground, and athletic field.
The pond, beach, pavilion/grills, and bathhouse are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day; the other park areas are open year round. Lifeguards are on duty from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekends only starting May 25, 2019 through the last day of school on June 17th. Starting June 18th, lifeguards are on duty Monday-Sunday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Park hours are sunrise to sunset.
The park is open to residents and non-residents who are all required to obtain a daily or seasonal park pass. Passes are required starting May 25, 2019 through September 2, 2019. Passes are not required on Memorial Day. Passes may be obtained by completing a Merwin Meadows Park Pass Form.
Special events are held in the park during the summer months. The park can also be rented by organizations, community groups, and individuals for events by completing a Merwin Meadows Rental Request Form.
Schenck’s Island is a town owned 14.33 acre open space located in Wilton Center. It offers a scenic meadow, walking trails along the Norwalk River, and picnic tables for residents and non-residents to enjoy.
In 2016, the Board of Selectmen established the Schenck’s Island / Merwin Meadows Committee charged with developing and implementing a passive recreation plan for Schenck’s Island and a renovation plan of Merwin Meadows. The committee is comprised of members of the Conservation Commission, Parks & Recreation Commission, Planning & Zoning Commission, Economic Development Commission, Trout Unlimited, Wilton Land Trust, and an individual nominated by the Board of Selectmen.
As of December 2018, the committee selected a landscape architect to develop a concept plan for the two parks. The plan is expected to be ready in mid-2019.