Aerial shot provided by applicant.
Aerial photo of the current-day playground at Compo Beach.

WESTPORT — Having secured zoning approval to rebuild the Compo Beach playground, the grassroots initiative promoting the project has shifted its game plan to fundraising.

The latest proposal to renovate the playground — built in 1988 and refurbished in 2006, largely the result of community volunteers — will focus on modernizing equipment, improving sight lines for parents and caregivers monitoring their children, enhancing accessibility for all children and underpinning the facilities’ long-term maintenance.

Planning for the current renovation is a community-driven effort, spearheaded by volunteers from the Compo Playground Organizing Committee.

The group has indicated it hopes to get renovations started next April, after securing permission for the project from the Planning and Zoning Commission in May.

The Compo Beach playground, originally built 35 years ago, has been remodeled once before. But now, nearly 20 years since the last renovation, it will be remodeled and rebuilt to comply with current safety and accessibility standards.
The Compo Beach playground was initially built in 1988 and last renovated in 2006. / File photo

The group has set an overall $650,000 fundraising goal, boosted by $100,000 grants from both the Westport Rotary Club and Westport Police Foundation, according to a recent statement from organizers.

For detailed information about the playground project and sponsorship opportunities, click here.

The website also details ways to make financial contributions, and literally have a stake in the project, by purchasing an engraved picket for the playground fence or an engraved brick.

Larger donations also are being solicited to help buy pieces of new play equipment.