MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Beach Improvement Association [MBIA] held its sixth annual Volunteer Day on May 6.
Over 40 members participated in various activities to help spruce up Manasquan. According to Bob Young, Vice President of the MBIA, tasks included painting various items around the borough such as the gazebo in the Plaza to blend in with the color scheme of the Post Office, the Riddle Way gazebo which “takes a beating each winter,” the white stripe down the ramp at Whiting Avenue and 49 street markers scattered throughout the borough, as well as 16 bollards in the vicinity of the Ocean Avenue restrooms.
Last year, volunteers cleared out the weeds and brush adjacent to the beach garage on Second Avenue. Mr. Young said, “We started out with just a handful of volunteers and in subsequent years, participation has really ramped up. We are just looking, in general, to spruce up the town.”
This year, volunteers planted trees and scrubs to beautify the area which will be maintained by MBIA volunteers. Volunteers also installed screens around the port-o-potties at the 4th Avenue parking lot and Mallard Park to camouflage them for residents and visitors.
MBIA Trustee Carol Kirkman worked closely with Councilman Brian Holly on selecting the color scheme for repainting the Plaza gazebo. Councilman Holly said the town provides for many materials for projects, such as paint, and the MBIA will provide the labor. “[The MBIA] have been at this for a long time and they are very vocal on keeping Manasquan a beach town and assisting where they can with labor and resources.”
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