North Bergen celebrated the grand reopening of 10th Street Park on June 20. Kids couldn’t have been happier to rush into the newly renovated park.
Under a blazing sun, they were quick to dash into the brand-new sprinkler park that was a centerpiece of the $1 million park renovation. Other new features include swing sets, slides, play structures, climbing apparatus, soft rubberized play surfaces, decorative lighting and receptables, new landscaping, and a shaded gazebo with seating for parents to watch their kids play.
The park was closed for about three years as the project hit multiple delays due to the pandemic, supply chain problems, and unexpected underground infrastructure issues. The entire property was completely redesigned to replace concrete ball courts with the many different play options.
New fencing was installed along with a security camera system to monitor the park for safety. Green Acres funding supplied about $400,000 toward the renovations.
Mayor Nicholas Sacco was joined by all the Township Commissioners as he cut the ribbon officially opening the park. Also participating in the celebration were Township Administrator Janet Castro, Police Chief Peter Fasilis, County Commissioner Anthony Vainieri, and many other municipal officials and employees.
“These highly anticipated renovations have been a long time coming for residents of 10th Street and North Bergen as a whole,” said Sacco. “This park was a safety hazard and blight on the neighborhood and is now a jewel of our community. I am very proud to see this project finally completed and the smiles on the faces of the children playing here make it worth every penny.”
“This is just another example of North Bergen’s commitment to providing fun, safe green spaces for its residents,” said Recreation Commissioner Hugo Cabrera of the ribbon cutting ceremony. “I appreciate the township’s patience throughout this project as we unfortunately had to grapple with a number of delays related to the pandemic as well as underground infrastructure concerns. However, we have now reached the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m delighted to bring my own children here to realize the fruits of our labor.”
Among the activities at the grand opening were face painting, balloon animals, and free ice cream and refreshments. The park reopening comes as the township has renovated a number of local parks in recent years.
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