MONROE – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly, Representative Tony Scott, and Senator Marilyn Moore applauded the State Bond Commission’s approval of a $150,000 grant-in-aid to the Town of Monroe for upgrades of basketball courts at Wolfe Park.
Wolfe Park has approximately 50,000 visitors per year and the courts are heavily used at all times, weather permitting, according to the application for the bonding. Funding will be used for repairs, grading, post tension concrete slab, including concrete etching and primer, acrylic resurfacer coat, color coatings, fencing, and line striping. Line striping will include both basketball and pickleball. Town funding of $50,000 is expected for the project.
“Monroe’s Wolfe Park is a destination for so many of our residents and families in town, as well as groups in Stratford, Trumbull and Bridgeport, among others,” said Rep. Tony Scott, R-Monroe. “Basketball courts and sports fields are where our kids learn about sportsmanship and teamwork, but some of the park’s courts are in need of repair, limiting the activities of our youth groups, campers and residents. Now, improvements are on the way, thanks to the commission’s decision today. I will continue to support these projects and others like it.”
“Wolfe Park is a wonderful resource and gathering place for our community and local families,” said Sen. Kelly. “From the recent new construction of its community-built accessible playground to exciting improvements coming to its athletic facilities, there is much to celebrate and appreciate. I thank the State Bond Commission for recognizing the importance of investing in Monroe and continuing to support and enhance our community resources.”
“Our communities deserve the best and when facilities and different areas of our state are upgraded, increased safe access is improved,” said Sen. Moore. “Upgrading the athletic facility at Wolfe Park supports our youth as we look to provide a rehabilitated area for children to build upon their skills. An upgraded facility will work to promote a more welcoming environment for children to practice.”
“I am extremely grateful for this approval from the State Bond Commission and for the unanimous support from Monroe’s state legislative delegation,” said Monroe First Selectman Kenneth M. Kellogg.
Kellogg said that the project, which would completely repair, regrade, resurface, and re-stripe the courts, was already on the Town’s list of priority projects.
“These courts are heavily used and in need of significant repairs. Having state funding available to support this project will directly help the Monroe community.”