Bayonne opens and dedicates Makowski Park

Mayor Davis touted this as another park his administration had refurbished and reopened

Bayonne has formally reopened and dedicated Makowski Park at 29th Street and Avenue F.

The park is now named after two councilmen, father and son, who served on the council of the city of Bayonne: Joseph L. Makowski and his dad Joseph E. Makowkski, who is deceased.

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“This beautiful new park is dedicated to former Council-President Joseph L. Makowski, and his dad, former Councilman Joseph E. Makowski,” Mayor James Davis said following the unveiling of the park.

Davis also noted that Joseph L. Makowski’s son Keith Makowski has been an asset to the community. He is the principal at Lincoln Community School.

“This family has over 75 years of dedicated public service to the City of Bayonne,” Davis said. “I am so honored to dedicate this park to the Makowski Family.”

Mayor Davis and other officials addressed the crowd prior to the ribbon cutting.

Council authorizes park renaming

Prior to the unveiling on May 19, the Bayonne City Council voted to pass a resolution naming and dedicating the newly renovated park to the Makowskis. The resolution passed the council unanimously, with many council members touting the family legacy.

First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll said of Joseph L. Makowski at the May 18 council meeting: “He was an excellent gentleman and was always a fighter on the city council for who he represented.”

“I’m very happy for him and his family very well deserved,” Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa said.

City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez said: “I totally agree with Councilman Carroll. He is an outstanding gentleman and just a wonderful man with tremendous character.”

Law Director Jay Coffey and Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa enjoy the new swings at the park.

Park reopenings continue

The refurbished park features a basketball court, a playground with swings, a jungle gym, picnic tables and benches, and safety mat flooring. According to Davis, the park reopening was another part of the work his administration is doing to refurbish parks and open space.

“I am also very proud of the continuing work my administration is doing to improve our parks and open spaces,” Davis said. “We continue to make history as we have improved so many of our parks, which hadn’t been touched in decades.”

Up next is the official grand reopening of Morris Park. Previously, the city held a ‘soft opening’ earlier this month that some criticized as rushed and not becoming of Dr. David Morris. Now a full celebration is in the works for the coming weeks, Davis said.

“I am looking forward to our next dedication ceremony in the coming weeks, which will be for Dr Morris Park on Broadway at 47th Street,” Davis said.

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