Greenwich teens strike out with town over field

A group of Greenwich teens transformed a plot of land, overgrown with weeds, into a wiffle ball stadium, but now town officials say the stadium

GREENWICH - A group of Greenwich teens transformed a plot of land, overgrown with weeds, into a wiffle ball stadium, but now town officials say the stadium has to go.

The teens say it took them three weeks to convert a weedy storm drain buffer area on Riverside Lane into a mini-wiffle ball field, 70 feet wide and 90 feet deep, which looks like Fenway Park, complete with a Green Monster.

"We all play wiffle ball on our street," says Brett Atkinson, of Greenwich, "and we found this property and decided no one used it, no one ever came here, so we came here and started building it."

But Town Administrator John Crary says the lot is not zoned as a playground, and the kids have to find a new place to play wiffle ball.

Some local residents, like 61-year-old Phil Domiziano, are upset that the town?s officials are pushing the teens out of their makeshift stadium. He says he used to play in this exact spot when he was a kid- before the lot was overgrown with weeds and bushes.

"I'm angry," Domiziano says. "This was always our field."

Crary says that if the teen wiffle ball players want to continue using the field, they have to follow the proper channels. He warns, however, that it can be a lengthy process. In the meantime, he suggests parents and teens meet with the Department of Parks and Recreation to help find another playing field.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 Healthy Heart: Heart attack symptoms in women
Catherine Macari was sworn in as the Norwalk 2 Norwalk FD gets 1st female firefighter
3 12 on Health: Foods that help fight diseases
VIDEO: News conference on East Haven plane crash. 4 VIDEO: News conference on East Haven plane crash
One person was killed and another was injured 5 East Haven FD: Plane crashes near Tweed Airport

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE