Boro receives grant for Baltimore Park upgrades

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The Sea Girt "smile" sign. FILE PHOTO / THE COAST STAR

SEA GIRT — A $50,000 Monmouth County grant to fund improvements to Baltimore Park was accepted by the borough council at the June 14 meeting.

The Open Space Program Grant was first requested by the council last September. The $50,000 will supplement $100,000 in borough funds, according to Mayor Ken Farrell, who said that funds will be generated from the Sea Girt 5K on Aug. 5.  

According to the resolution, the project will include upgrades to the playground and surrounding area, to include: “repairs of walkways surrounding the play area; installation of ADA and ASTM compliant playground surfacing; extension of the roof structure at the existing storage shed; addition to the concrete pad under the roof extension at the storage shed; purchase of new picnic tables and installation of shrubs along the perimeter of the park adjacent to Baltimore Blvd.”

Borough Administrator Lorraine Carafa said she expects work on the project to begin shortly after Labor Day.

The borough council can apply for further funding in September to cover a second phase of improvements to the park.

Ms. Carafa also reported that Sea Girt’s Terrace rehabilitation project, while two weeks behind the original schedule due to inclement weather, is set to be finished by the end of month.

Mayor Farrell said he is pleased with the work being done by All Surface Asphalt Paving Inc., and the council has approved the first payment of $161,700 to the company.

The council also accepted a Clean Communities Grant for over $7,000 and another grant for almost $650 from the Alcohol Education, Rehabilitation and Enforcement Fund.

Finally, the council approved the renewal of liquor licenses for Fratello’s and Egan’s Sea Girt Wines and Liquors for another year.

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