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Danbury Residents Can Once Again Swim In Lake Kenosia

The Kenosia Lake in Danbury will be open for residents and visitors to swim in this summer, thanks to new legislation that passed through the statehouse.
The Kenosia Lake in Danbury will be open for residents and visitors to swim in this summer, thanks to new legislation that passed through the statehouse. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa

DANBURY, Conn. - Recreational swimming is returning to Danbury's Lake Kenosia thanks to an amendment to a state law proposed by state Rep. David Scribner, R-Danbury.

The amendment allows for swimming in bodies of water that have a 50-year history of use as a swimming area, which includes Lake Kenosia.

“Lake Kenosia has been a premier summertime destination for Danbury area families for over a century – one of only two natural locations across the city to swim and cool down in during the summer months,” said Scribner, a member of the Public Health Committee.

The policy change was part of a larger package of legislation that implemented the state budget.

“The 100-yard beach on Lake Kenosia has provided a recreational summer venue for our families for generations, and is the place where many of our children learned to swim,” said state Rep. Janice Giegler, R-Danbury. “When it became known that the Department of Public Health may be prohibiting water activities, we knew we had to take action.”

Scribner added that he was glad the state “could renew swimming to one of Danbury’s most important natural resources and offer residents a low-cost opportunity for sport and leisure.”

Lake Kenosia, which encompasses a 59.5-acre site along the Still River, was closed to swimmers in 2012.

The bill was passed unanimously by both chambers and now awaits approval from the governor.

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