Borough to seek county grant for Carlson Park upgrades

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The borough will apply for a county grant for improvements to Axel B. Carlson Memorial Park. FILE PHOTO

MANASQUAN — The borough will soon apply for a grant to support Axel B. Carlson Memorial Park improvements, which could feature an eight-foot boardwalk, bollard lighting and safety railings, among other improvements.

The public hearing for Axel Park Improvements Phase I was held Monday night, where Chris Tucker, director of engineering and project manager, explained the preliminary plans.

The project for the park would complement improvements to road work at and near Stockton Lake Boulevard.

“The plan is to address everything along Stockton Lake Boulevard; that includes the roadway, the bulkhead that is in desperate need of replacement as well as the park in between,” said Mr. Tucker. “Part of this project includes some work that’s already on our application for the bulkhead work. We’re looking to make sure that we maximize our potential for monies received.”

To help with financing, the borough will apply for a Monmouth County Open Space Grant with a deadline of Sept. 20. The purpose of the project is to “revitalize Axel Carlson park” and “to fully realize its use as a linear waterfront park,” said Mr. Tucker.

He added that grant funds include 50 percent of construction costs up to $250,000, and the estimated total construction cost is $1,265,000.

However, he said, “This project in its totality will not be the million dollars … The borough will be able to adjust the scope based on financing received and reduce the scope and/or remove items to a future phase, if needed.”

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