City seeks funding for 16th Street Park and pool

The money would go toward renovations at the park and the municipal pool

The damaged rubber surface pictured above will be repaired.
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The damaged rubber surface pictured above will be repaired.

The Bayonne City Council has approved a resolution to apply for two grants that would fund improvements to Thomas DiDomenico- 16th Street Park and the nearby municipal pool.

The cost of is estimated at $1.4 million, paid with grant funds. The first is for $500,000 from the state Department of Community Affairs Urban Parks program. The second is for $1,000,000 from the state Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres program.

Pool improvements

At the June 16 meeting, City Planner Suzanne Mack presented the proposed renovations. According to Mack, the improvements were drawn up by the Department of Public Works and Director Tom Cotter.

The park currently contains playground equipment, rubber surfacing, basketball courts, tennis courts and benches. The courts and playground areas are enclosed by a chain link fence. The pool complex contains one facility and two pools.

Improvements to the pool include repairs of damaged coping around the wading pool, replacing missing windows, rood, flashing and gutter, exterior repointing and joint control, painting of brick, and security camera installation.

Interior improvements include new partitions, flooring, ceiling repairs, replacing of lighting with LED fixtures, and painting of exiting CMU walls.

Playground upgrades

For the “tot-lot area,” supplemental playground equipment is proposed.

The proposal calls for the removal of the bonded rubber surface to be replaced with with an extended Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)- compliant bonded rubber surface.

Other improvements include the installation of decorative benches, decorative trash and recycling receptacles, and miscellaneous asphalt milling.

Court upgrades

The basketball courts will see hot mix asphalt milling, removal of pavement, crack repair, and the installation of a new hot mix asphalt surface course, including a two-color court coloring surfacing system.

A “True Bounce” cantilevered basketball goal system, bleachers, and players’ benches will be installed, decorative trash and recycling receptacles will be provided, and damaged fencing and gates replaced.

The tennis courts will see hot mix asphalt milling; removal of pavement; crack repair; the installation of a new hot mix asphalt surface course, including a two-color court coloring surfacing system; new tennis net systems; players’ benches; and the replacement of damaged fencing and gates.

Start of years-long efforts

Mack said the grant funding may not be awarded right away, noting that the council approved an agreement with the DEP for proposed renovations to 28th Street Park and Cottage Street Park, for which the city received funding in 2019 after applying in 2018.

Mack said the money for the park and pool projects is not guaranteed, noting that if the city doesn’t receive both grants, it wouldn’t move forward.

The council unanimously approved the resolutions and will wait to see if the city is awarded grant funding.

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