Mayor Nicholas Sacco cut the ribbon on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 officially reopening Policemen’s Park, located at 1455 Union Turnpike and Grand Avenue. The park got a complete facelift, with a great new spray area, tot swings, a playground with rubberized surfaces for 2-5 year-olds, a play house and play set with slides, a brand-new basketball court, dog run, benches, and more.
The completely redesigned park is intended to help revitalize this area of town. Total cost of the project was $1.2 million, including $500,000 from Hudson County Open Space grants. Construction and the reopening were delayed due to various factors including the coronavirus pandemic.
Coming in the future are a new gazebo and decorative lighting.
Mayor Sacco was joined at the ribbon cutting by Commissioners Hugo Cabrera, Julio Marenco, and Allen Pascual, Township Administrator Chris Pianese, Police Chief Peter Fasilis, local community representatives John Bender and Wanda Ayala, and many other officials and residents.
Meanwhile kids dashed excitedly through the water spray and enjoyed the new equipment.
Earlier in the month, the mayor and commissioners cut the ribbon opening a brand new park on Paterson Plank Road. In total, the township has allocated more than $5 million toward renovating local parks to benefit and enhance the community, with the majority of the funding coming from state and federal grants.