More options at Bayonne’s Stephen Gregg Park

Use of the dog run will resume, and parking will now be allowed

Captain Bayonne celebrates the reopening of Stephen Gregg Park on May 2. Photo by Bayonne OEM.
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Captain Bayonne celebrates the reopening of Stephen Gregg Park on May 2. Photo by Bayonne OEM.

Bayonne has flattened the curve amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the city is beginning to reopen. Mayor James Davis revealed more details regarding the reopening in robo-call to all residents on May 18.

“As the governor is making new announcements almost daily, I want to let everyone know that we are coming back!”

According to Mayor Davis, efforts at social distancing have paid great dividends in the city and Bayonne has done very well, relatively speaking, to other cities similar in population size.

“Although we grieve for the lives lost, our city is going to come back stronger than before,” Mayor Davis continued.

During the call, Mayor Davis announced that the county park would open further. Previously, Mayor Davis opened the park but did not open the dog run or parking for residents.

“As of today, I have opened Stephen Gregg Park for wider use,” Davis said. “I will allow vehicles inside the park, as well as opening the dog run.  We will also be opening the other dog runs at Dennis Collins Park.”

Non-essential business resumes curbside

Mayor Davis also happily announced that many stores were also advised of their ability to reopen with some restrictions.

“Any business opening is a win for our city!” Mayor Davis said.

All non-essential businesses are allowed to reopen with curbside service. Because of that, the Davis said the city needed to restart parking regulations.

This week the city is being lenient and giving warnings for meter and Pay Lot violations. However, beginning on Tuesday, May 26th, summonses will be issued.

Parking is still available to residents in all Bayonne public schoolyards.

While some things reopen, other events remain cancelled. Mayor Davis asked residents to remember veterans on Memorial Day weekend, despite the lack of the parade.

“Although we cannot hold our annual parade, I hope that everyone takes some time this weekend to remember the brave heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms,” Davis said. “I want to thank you all again, for the incredible amount of patience and cooperation each of you have shown throughout this pandemic.”

Mayor Davis ended the call by iterating that the city should be very proud of the way it handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As I have been saying for the last two months, I had no doubt that the Bayonne spirit would shine,” Davis said. “Thank you and be safe!”

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