North Bergen starts second phase of 10th Street Park renovations

Officials hope for a September opening

10th Street Park as of November 2020, via Google Maps
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10th Street Park as of November 2020, via Google Maps

Great news for downtown North Bergen residents as spring approaches: the township is about to begin phase two of the renovations of 10th Street Park. The first phase, which was delayed by the pandemic, consisted of major work to repair and replace the underlying infrastructure, including sewer and drainage lines.

This month the township is beginning initial construction on the new park.

Public input

The design was based on feedback from residents. It will include two play structures on safe rubberized surfaces for ages two to five and five to twelve, along with a new spray park.

There will also be a gazebo, shaded benches, decorative lighting, new receptacles, and landscaping. The current fencing will be removed and replaced, and a security camera will monitor the park for safety.

The goal is to complete the renovations and open the park by September. All work is weather permitting and subject to availability of vendors and materials during the pandemic.

Continuing efforts

In 2020, the township refurbished Policemen’s Park at 1455 Union Turnpike and Grand Avenue, which reopened in August. The park got a $1.2 million facelift, with a new water spray area, toddler swings, a playground with rubberized surfaces for two- to five-year-olds, a playhouse and play set with slides, a new basketball court, dog run, benches, and other amenities.

The township opened a new park at 1811 Paterson Plank Road. The park features two playgrounds with rubberized surfaces for 2-5 and 5-12 year-olds, a spray park, two sets of tot swings, new decorative lighting, and a gazebo with two benches.

Minor improvements continue on these and other parks. At an April Board of Commissioners meeting, $59,291.26 was authorized for the purchase of a gazebo at Policeman’s Park. Minor renovations are slated for other parks this year.

The township plans to focus its efforts on the 10th Street Park and the ongoing construction of the new downtown library and recreation center.

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