Environmental cleanup progresses at Collins Park

Phase II will start when the environmental work has wrapped up

Ariel photo courtesy of Consulting and Municipal Engineers
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Ariel photo courtesy of Consulting and Municipal Engineers

Collins Park, between 1st Street and the Kill Van Kull, has been under renovation for years, in part delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PPG Company was given the court-assigned responsibility of cleaning the site and resumed the cleanup after months of delays. After more work is completed, PPG will turn the park property over to the City of Bayonne.

Per the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s requirements, PPG has installed a two-foot cap of clean soil over the entire park area shown in the aerial photo, along with associated required transition work.

The city has awarded a contract to reconstruct this portion of Collins Park. Renovations can begin after the completion of PPG’s environmental work.

Planned construction

The city completed Phase I in 2018. This included new playground and exercise equipment, renovated tennis courts, a new volleyball court, dog runs, trees, and benches, among other improvements.

After Phase I, workers began to remove soil that contained chromium and other elements that were used as fill in the 20th century. After that’s done, Phase II will begin.

Phase II will include the construction of new basketball courts, playgrounds, and handicapped entrances. According to Mayor James Davis, the city will also reconstruct the parking lot.

Along the Kill Van Kull shoreline near Collins Park, riprap needs to be removed. These stones do not meet the specifications for the shoreline area.

The stones have been tested and approved to be moved to Veterans Park along Newark Bay, near Ahern Veterans Stadium. In that new location, the stones will help reinforce the Newark Bay shoreline and assist future waterfront walkway construction.

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