POINT PLEASANT — Improvements to Riverfront Park amenities could soon be coming if the borough is successful in obtaining a Local Recreation Improvement Grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
According to the state department’s website, the aid is a competitive grant that supports improvement and repair of public recreation facilities including local parks, municipal recreation centers and local stadiums.
During its meeting on May 10, the Point Pleasant Borough Council passed a resolution to apply for a grant of approximately $100,000 to carry out a project to improve the playground and adult fitness equipment at Riverfront Park at 2302 River Road.
“We are applying for the grant through the state to try to get money to install and redo Riverfront Park and update the playground just like we did at our other parks,” Borough Administrator Frank Pannucci Jr. told The Ocean Star.
“We had such success with Heritage Park and Community Park that we are going to do the same thing to the playground and exercise equipment over at Riverfront Park and we are going out for grant money to replace all of that.
“Playground equipment is not cheap, and is more expensive than anybody realizes, so the grant will be a big boon to us if we can get it.”
Over the past several years, the borough has undertaken numerous improvements to municipal parks. Improvements at Community Park included brand new playground equipment such as slides, swings and monkey bars, as well as a new rubber surface.
With the completion of the Heritage Park Improvement Project, the borough became home to the first “boundless” playground in the area, featuring updated and enhanced equipment where children of all capabilities can play, have fun and enjoy the same amenities together. Renovations included parking lot construction, replacement of equipment, benches, tables and other work.
“In the last few years, we redid the small pocket playground at Community Park and completely redid Heritage Park to much fanfare. These amenities are once again full of life and you can see families enjoying them year-round as you drive by,” Mayor Robert Sabosik said in a release on the application.
“In keeping with this progress, we’ve gone out for the 2021 New Jersey Local Recreation Improvement Grant to improve the playground and adult fitness equipment at Riverfront Park, which is in need of replacement. This is a tough grant to get, the governor only allotted $2 million to it for the entire state and it is highly competitive, but we are hoping to present a strong case and have requested $100,000 to go toward updating Riverfront Park’s equipment.”
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