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Westonites Can Take the Plunge for Free at Pond

Two Wilton children walked the trail and ran around on the playground at Bisceglie-Scribner Park in Weston on Monday. "It's very peaceful. It's a little retreat in itself," said babysitter Maria Piazzapalotto, who often brings Eloise and Harry to Bisceglie-Scribner Park.

The park offers picnic areas, Little League fields, a 22-station fitness trail and a manmade pond.

Swimming in Bisceglie Pond will be free to all Weston residents this year. In previous years, Weston Parks & Recreation charged families $60 and individuals $30 to use the pond.

"We found the numbers are better when we ran it without a fee. We want more people to enjoy it," said Dave Ungar, parks and recreation director.

Bisceglie Pond is a manmade body of water with a concrete bottom. There is a dock to swim to in the middle of the pond, and it is about 8 feet deep in the middle. Opening day is June 18, and it will be open through Labor Day from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The original dirt bottom was blacktopped and painted three years after the pond was built in 1990 because of murky water. The health district checks the water each week to make sure it's safe for swimming. Fresh water fills the pond just before it opens in June and the spillway runs back into the river on the property.

Residents can register at the Parks and Recreation office. Family memberships include immediate family and children ages 5 to 17 years old.

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