Town receives STEAP grant

First Selectman Michael C. Tetreau announced that the town of Fairfield has received a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant in the amount of $275,000 to increase handicap accessibility at four coastal recreation areas — South Benson Marina, Southport Beach, Ye Olde Yacht Yard and Sasco Beach.

“I am thrilled that Fairfield has been awarded this important grant,” Tetreau said. “I am thankful to our state delegation for helping our town obtain this needed funding that will increase handicap accessibility at some of our widely-used recreation facilities in town.”

At South Benson Marina, the funding will help increase accessibility to and at the fishing pier and increase access at the picnic area, concession stand and other areas. At Southport Beach, the existing restrooms, which are old and in poor condition, will be demolished and replaced with a new ADA compliant building. Existing restrooms at Ye Olde Yacht Yard will be upgraded to make them handicap accessibility. At Sasco Beach, a handicap ramp will be constructed from the parking lot to the restroom facility to make access much easier.

“Our shoreline along Long Island Sound is a very important feature for Fairfield residents and visitors,” Department of Public Works Director Joseph Michelangelo. “In addition to the town making these sites more accessible and user-friendly, there will also be positive economic benefits because these needed improvements will attract more people, including senior citizens and disabled persons.”

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