A scene of youngsters playing laser tag.

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — The Westport Weston Family YMCA is seeking permission to expand its outdoor offerings at Camp Mahackeno.

John Fallon, a Fairfield lawyer representing the Y, has filed a special permit/site plan application with the Planning and Zoning Commission “with regard to modest upgrades and enhancements to our Mahackeno campus in anticipation of the start of the 2024 summer camp season.”

The application seeks to add features for summer campers, from June through August, on its grounds.

One addition would be a “Mini Mack Village for younger campers, in a shaded area of the camp near an existing bouldering wall.”

Also sought is a laser tag course.

“Both would close to the pool house and away from neighbors on Twin Falls Lane and Rices Lane,” an application document states.

“Many of these elements are minor updates or upgrades to existing stations with the goal of providing increased variety, interest, and learning for our campers,” Anjali McCormick, CEO of the Y, wrote.

“Please be assured,” she wrote, “that we will be specifically purchasing only those materials that are natural colors.”

Though not mentioned in the lawyer’s letter or that of the CEO, the application includes some add-ons to the giant slide area.

They include rope ladders and mini climbing walls, rope ladders installed on either side of the to two giant slides, and a mini climbing wall installed between the two giant slides.

Also, inflatable slides would be located “in a sunny spot on the soccer field.”

“The slides provide fun and heat relief to younger and older campers,” a graphic states. “Slides are inflated and deflated each day. Slides are stored in the off-season.”

The application has not yet been set for a hearing, but neighbors have in the past cast a wary eye on such applications.

Thane Grauel grew up in Westport and has been a journalist in Fairfield County and beyond for 36 years. Reach him at editor@westportjournal.com. Learn more about us here.