Posted on November 10, 2020 by admin
Funds to be Used for Ongoing Highland Farm Project
DARIEN – State Representative Terrie Wood and First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson thanked the governor and congratulated the town of Darien for securing a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant from the state that will be used for a special project at Highland Farm.
Towns were allowed to submit one application for one project with a maximum request of $128,205. In total, $11,000,000 was distributed to 94 Connecticut towns. Darien requested $92,000 to make improvements to the Highland Farm historic property the town purchased in 2017 for passive recreation.
Darien has already constructed an ADA-compliant walking trail on the 16-acre property, which is the first such trail in the town. The funds will be used for landscaping projects in the parking areas, as well as for the installation of a Pollinator Pathway to support and enhance the area’s ecosystem.
“On behalf of the Town of Darien, I extend my gratitude to Representative Terrie Wood and our entire legislative delegation and the State of Connecticut for their support for Darien’s 2020 STEAP Grant request,” said First Selectwoman Stevenson. “We are eager to move forward in making the proposed landscape improvements to our most recent open space acquisition, Highland Farm, including the construction of a Pollinator Pathway meadow. This grant award will facilitate a project that is a big win for Darien and the environment!”
“I want to congratulate the Town of Darien for receiving this grant that will be used improve the natural landscape of our community,” said Rep. Wood. “A lot of hard work went into completing the application, and I would like to commend First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson and her staff on a job well done. Highland Farm is a treasure, and I’m thrilled to see these funds going towards a worthy project. In a year with so much stress and uncertainty, the outdoors have been our refuge and this property is no exception.”
Darien has placed emphasis on the preservation and maintenance of the town’s natural resources and public spaces. This project will assist with that ongoing effort, only to be followed by similar initiatives to be taken on well into the future.