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Westport Kicks Off Fundraiser For Toquet Teen Center

An open house will be held at Toquet Hall Teen Center Monday following the Memorial Day parade.
An open house will be held at Toquet Hall Teen Center Monday following the Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: File photo

WESTPORT, Conn. – The public is invited to an open house at Toquet Hall Teen Center on Monday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., immediately following the Westport Memorial Day activities on Veterans Green.

The open house will kick off the fundraising campaign for improvements to Westport’s only teen center. A GoFundMe site will be launched on Monday.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the Downtown Plan Implementation Committee’s initiatives and excited to work with the community to make these enhancements a reality for our students,” said Westport Youth Services Program Director Kevin Godburn.

The Downtown Westport Master Plan has identified ways to continue Toquet Hall’s growth, to maximize the space, to meet emerging needs and interests of local students and make downtown Westport more enjoyable for people of all ages. Based on feedback from student groups, Toquet Hall visitors, and responses to outreach efforts of the Downtown Westport Master Plan, several areas of focus have been identified for enhancement. Updates will begin this summer that include:

  • Enhancing the snack bar to include a greater food variety
  • Soundproofing to expand usage and operating hours
  • Additional storage for program equipment
  • Improved wayfinding

“When the committee set out to explore ways to improve the Downtown Westport experience, we wanted to make sure that the area was accessible to Westporters of all ages. Lending support to Toquet Hall is a great early step to take,” said Downtown Implementation Committee Co-Chair Melissa Kane.

Located at 58 Post Road East, Toquet Hall is a program of Westport Youth Services operating under the Department of Human Services. Toquet Hall has been operating in the heart of downtown Westport since 2008. The Teen Center offers a variety of social, cultural and recreational activities during the afterschool hours and on weekend nights. Anchored by the performing arts and rich creative history of Westport, this unique teen center has also been home to many local student performers as well as national acts.

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