Final portion of Fitzpatrick Park renovations finished

The police-themed playground is now open to the children of Bayonne

The final portion of Fitzpatrick Park in Bayonne was finished on Dec. 24, according to Mayor Jame Davis.

The city unveiled most of the park earlier in the month. The park was renovated to include a roller hockey rink, a firefighter-themed playground area, a splash park and spray area, landscaping, and benches.

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However, at the time a triangular portion of the park along Avenue C was still under construction. Now construction has finished and a police-themed playground is open to the public.

“A nice Christmas blessing today, as the contractors have finished work on the playground portion of Fitzpatrick Park,” Davis said on Dec. 24. “In just a few short months, when the weather warms, we will see kids playing in the splash park.”

The park was first constructed in the 1970s on the site of the former Police and Fire Headquarters, thus the appropriately themed playgrounds. It is named for former Mayor Francis Fitzpatrick, who served from 1962 to 1974.

Additionally, there were storm water management upgrades in the form of a new storm water collection cistern and a new storm water piping system, separate from the sanitary piping from 26th Street to 28th Street. New drainage structures were installed at each of the Avenue C intersections with 26th, 27th, and 28th Streets.

The approximately $3 million in improvements were funded partially by about $661,713 from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund and approximately $1,478,547 in funding from the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank or I-Bank.

Next step: clock tower

And while the renovations to the park itself are now completed, there is still more to come. The city is seeking to construct a clock and bell tower using the bells that were salvaged from the now-demolished St. Joseph’s Syriac Catholic Cathedral.

“We will see a beautiful clock tower erected,” Davis said. “That tower will contain the bells from St. Joe’s Church.”

Following the preservation of the bells from the church, there were plans to erect a bell tower using those bells nearby the East 25th Street pedestrian bridge following renovations. However, those plans changed due to space limitations.

Now, instead being part of or near the pedestrian bridge, the bell tower will be constructed in the newly renovated park. But before construction can begin on the bell tower, a contract must first be awarded.

The Bayonne City Council approved a resolution sending the project out to bid at its November meeting. However, the city only received one bid to construct the project, which the council rejected at its December meeting.

More action may be taken regarding bids for project at the council’s next meeting in January. The city council will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 in the council chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C. For more information, go to bayonnenj.org.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com. 

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