The Parks & Recreation Department is working with the consultant GZA, Environmental Inc. to develop a Master Plan for the Pomerance and Tuchman properties. Pomerance and Tuchman offers 107 acres of ecologically and historically rich open space right in the heart of Cos Cob. The existing trail network provides excellent opportunities for hiking and passive recreation, as they pass through forests and meadows, over brooks, around rocky hills, and along a 4-acre pond. Through these trails, visitors encounter remnants of the rich history, such as the “Hobbit House” located just outside the entrance, and the physical remnants of the former house of Ernest Thompson Seton, who helped establish the Boy Scouts of America in the early twentieth century. Altogether, these elements form a truly unique identity for the Pomerance and Tuchman properties.
While Pomerance and Tuchman is a thriving unique pair of parcels, the wear and tear of increasing use, and other ecological, and environmental challenges could potentially degrade the qualities of the site that make these properties such an attraction. The Master Plan being developed will focus on addressing those issues and more, by identifying future maintenance, historic preservation, improvements, and opportunities for increasing visitor engagement.
A vital component of this Master Plan is to seek input from the community on what they think should be incorporated into the Master Plan. To this end, a community survey has been developed, and a series of public meetings will be held to gather that feedback.
Joe Siciliano, Director of Parks & Recreation stated “Any successful Master Plan needs to reflect the community’s vision for what is needed. The community survey and public meetings are a great opportunity for people to provide input and guide the Master Plan development. I’m very excited to hear what kind of ideas come from this public outreach.”
Pomerance and Tuchman Online Community Survey
The community survey will close Friday, November 17, 2023. Please use the link below to fill out your responses. Your responses will be anonymous.
Link to Pomerance and Tuchman Community Survey
The first public meeting for the Pomerance Tuchman Master Plan will be held on Monday, October 30 from 6-8 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room and via Zoom to give the community a chance to discuss the Master Plan with staff and the consultant (GZA). A second public meeting will be held on a date to be determined, prior to the Master Plan being developed. The agenda for the public meeting can be found here.
October 30, 2023 Public Meeting Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9Uhdad-M-I
Please feel free to share the survey with anyone who may wish to fill out a response, and we hope to see you all there at the public meeting!