Tunxis Hill Park

225 Melville Ave
Fairfield CT 06825

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<p>Tunxis Hill Park, 25.6 acres at 225 Melville Ave., includes a Little League field, baseball diamond, tennis court, playground and restrooms.</p> <p>The park, in the late 1970s/early 1980s, was considered by town officials for a recreation complex that would have included a municipal swimming pool, something the town lacks.</p> <p>Town boards approved funding for the project, but residents organized a referendum challenging the Representative Town Meeting's approval of the funding request. The referendum wasn't successful, but the closeness of the vote convinced then-First Selectman John J. Sullivan to ask the RTM to rescind its approval of the funding request, and the recreation complex and municipal swimming pool were never built.</p> <p>The town has tried several times since then to build a municipal swimming pool, but abandoned its plans in the face of opposition from residents who lived near the proposed sites who were worried about traffic and noise.</p> <p>Regulations of the town's Parks and Recreation Department state that use of fields by any group of eight or more people where four or more are at least 18 years old and that is engaged in a recreational event requires a permit from the Parks and Recreation Department. Permits will only be granted when at least 80 percent of the group are permanent Fairfield residents.</p> <p>Priority in granting permits is given, in the following order, to: Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored activities; Fairfield public school-sponsored activities; youth and adult leagues and activities that consist of all Fairfield residents; any other youth and adult league or activity at the discretion of the Parks and Recreation Department.</p> <p>People who do not have a permit for use of the field must give way to permit holders.</p> <p>Team, league and tournament play is permitted only on a reservation basis. Residents can make a reservation by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 203-256-3191.</p> <p>The field usage fee for&nbsp;special events, such as fairs, festivals, programs, specialty shows, camps, clinics, lessons/specialty coaches and&nbsp;tournaments, is $50 per hour.</p> <p>The regulations also say that any field can be closed by Gerald Lombardo, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, at any time and to any activity.</p> <p>Residents can use the tennis court on a drop-in basis or by making a reservation with the Parks and Recreation Department at 203-256-3191. Residents may reserve two hours of court time per week, up to one week in advance. There is no fee for making a reservation, and reservations can be made from May 1 through Sept. 30. People who do not have reservations must give way to people who do.</p>