Weehawken Township has received a first place award from the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers (NJSME) for the design of the Weehawken Recreational Pier recently. The $3.1 million pier was built by McLaren Engineering Group in collaboration with RSC Architects and was paid for by federal and state grants. The pier stretches five hundred feet into the Hudson River and boasts scenic views of the Manhattan skyline.
“It’s almost as if you are standing on water,” said Township Manager Gio Ahmad. The pier, designed around a series of pods with different purposes, is located northeast of the intersection of Washington Terrace and Harbor Boulevard.
It was built as an initiative by the mayor and Township Council to “improve parks and extend waterfront recreational facilities,” said Ahmad.
The statewide competition is a juried event. Entrants submit their projects in September for consideration of awards.
“There are different programs in different categories. Municipal engineers are the independent judges who review criteria against a project,” said Todd Hay, president of the society. “Municipal engineers win the award representing their town or city.”
McLaren Engineering Group and the Township of Weehawken won first place for a municipality of its size.
“We have gone from 10 acres of open recreational space to over 50, with parks and playgrounds,” said Mayor Richard Turner. “We are creating quality of life for our residents by increasing open spaces.”
The award by NJSME is “recognition by a professional organization for the work we undertake,” he said.
NJSME is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the practice of municipal engineering through continuing education. Municipal engineers combine knowledge of science, mathematics and economics to solve problems.
The township was notified of the award in November but due to scheduling conflicts, the presentation at the year-end council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14 was postponed and the town received it on a different date.
Sports awards presented
Among the other agenda items at the December council meeting was presentation of Babe Ruth Awards to the winning teams and sponsors of boy’s baseball and girls softball in the league championships.
The winning team for Cal Ripken Major League baseball for boys ages 11 and 12 was F’Real. For Babe Ruth baseball for boys 13 to 15 years of age, the winning team was the Giants.
The winning team for girls softball 12U (ages 12 and under) was Cooper Place and for girls softball 16U (ages 16 and under) the winning team was the American Legion.
Major league baseball has five youth teams in Weehawken. Babe Ruth has four teams. The girl’s softball league has four teams. All compete for a chance to win first place awards.
Weehawken Township Recreation Department Director of Baseball Anthony Stratton said that “the kids enjoy camaraderie and friendship as part of a team. They are part of a family. Kids have a lot on their plate these days, but when they come to play for three hours they let their problems go. They are here to have fun.”
Stratton has been director of the leagues for 11 years. He has also been the head baseball coach at Weehawken High School since 1996.
Also at the meeting, Weehawken resident Mellisa Maione was sworn in as a new police officer by Mayor Turner. Maione was surrounded by family and friends at the ceremony.