Here’s a question we put to a few prominent locals in New Canaan as this Valentine’s Day was approaching: Where’s “Make-Out Point” around here?
To a person, the quiet corners in the town’s beloved parks made the list.
Though the 3 to 11 p.m. or overnight shift officers would know best, Sgt. Carol Ogrinc of the New Canaan Police Department said the “top-3” would be Waveny, Mead and Irwin Parks.
“Maybe Talmadge Hill [station lot],” Ogrinc said. “Sometimes in there you might have something.”
When police come upon a couple parked and in an act of intimacy, they typically ask for identification and make sure that both parties “are there willingly,” Ogrinc said.
The parks close at dusk, so late-night couples likely would be violating a local ordinance in any case.
First Selectman Rob Mallozzi, who spent a lot of time here growing up because his dad for many years owned New Canaan fixture Bob’s Sports, attended St. Luke’s School for a time—but said he graduated Darien High School and has only been a resident here for 20 years (having moved to town in 1993).
Asked about a local Lover’s Lane for this article, Mallozzi shook his head and, smiling, said only: “I didn’t get much of that in high school.”
Tucker Murphy, president of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, grew up in Greenwich, but said Waveny would be a likely local spot.
“I’ve never done that but I would think it’s a beautiful place to take your car up in the moonlight,” Murphy said. “Mead Park is probably another place that’s got some other places to sit, either outside or if you were in your car—depends what you’re trying to achieve.”
Police do not come upon such achievements in greater numbers on Valentine’s Day compared to others, Ogrinc said. When they do, and no foul play is suspected, there are no charges per se, she said.
“Our officers generally are around to those check areas [such as parking at Waveny] because we have had vehicles broken into, hubcaps taken, those kinds of things,” she said.