Phase II of Dennis Collins Park rehabilitation in Bayonne is nearing completion, according to Mayor James Davis. The park is located at 1st Street along the Kill van Kull, near the Bayonne Bridge.
The city completed Phase I of the park in 2018. This included new playground and exercise equipment, renovated tennis courts, a new volleyball court, dog runs, trees, and benches, among other improvements.
“This afternoon I performed a walk-through of the Dennis Collins Park Phase 2 rehabilitation, and am very excited to see how much progress has been made recently,” Davis said. “We should see our grand re-opening sometime this spring.”
The city has made major strides in the renovation of the park since the last update in July of 2021, when the park was being remediated by PPG. The work had began in March of 2020 but was delayed come April for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, putting the project at a standstill before resuming again around September of 2020.
After Phase I, workers began to remove soil that contained chromium and other elements that were used as fill in the 20th century. The environmental clean-up is since complete, with a two-foot cap of clean soil over the entire park area, and many of the new amenities as part of the second phase of the park overhaul have been installed.
Phase II entails the construction of new basketball courts, playgrounds, and handicapped entrances. It will also include the reconstruction of the parking lot.
According to Davis, the second phase of the park upgrades will see the removal of rip-rap stones along the shoreline, which do not meet the specifications for the area. The stones have been tested and approved to be moved to Veterans Park along Newark Bay, where the stones will help reinforce the shoreline and assist future waterfront walkway construction.
The renovations are being done by Picerno-Giordano Construction of Kenilworth for $3,697,669, which was awarded the contract in May of 2021. That contractor has also been contracted to complete upgrades to Fitzpatrick Park, and 28th Street Park among other local parks.
“My administration has been committed to our parks and open spaces, which haven’t been touched in decades, as we have added the city’s first special needs playground, and rebuilt Dennis Collins Phase 1 which include our first volleyball court, skate park and dog runs, 8th Street, Fitzpatrick, DeSena, Ave F, Kayak Launch, and Veterans Stadium parks,” Davis said. “We are also working on Golding Park and Cottage St in the near future. We have also worked with our partners in Hudson County for major improvements to Stephen Gregg Park.”
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