Weston’s Bisceglie Pond opens for swimming this weekend

Bisceglie Pond at Bisceglie-Scribner Park will open for swimming on Saturday, June 23. The pond will be open seven days a week through late August, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Swimming is free this summer for residents, but passes are required. Residents may sign up at the Parks and Recreation Department offices at Jarvis House on the corner of Weston and Norfield roads, or they may be obtained at the gate.

The concrete-bottomed man-made pond is covered with sand and filled with fresh water that continuously empties into the Saugatuck River. No chemicals are used to treat the water, which is tested once a week by the Westport Weston Health District.

The pond is staffed by a troop of trained lifeguards — at least two guards, and sometimes more, are on duty at any given time during the day.

The water is eight feet deep at its deepest point, where a float is anchored. There is also a shallow wading area for younger children.

Aside from swimming, there is a toddler and youth playground, a gazebo with picnic tables, and stone chess tables and benches at Bisceglie.

There are vending machines at the pond for snacks and drinks. Visitors may also bring their own food.

Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails in Bisceglie-Scribner Park, but are not allowed in the pond area.

The trail through the park, which is also the home of Weston’s Little League Baseball fields, was refurbished last year. Fitness stations, including chin-up bars, lower bars for push-ups, and balance beams, are located at many spots along the path.

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