Ribbon Cutting Planned For Bayside Park

Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

  BRICK – Township Mayor John G. Ducey and the Township Council will join members of the community on October 5 for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated Bayside Park.

  This marks the seventh park improvement project completed during Mayor Ducey’s term. “This ribbon cutting has been a long time in the making and we cannot be more thrilled with how the renovation of Bayside Park turned out,” the mayor said.

  Mayor Ducey added, “the park is filled with great amenities and will offer residents and guests to Brick Township a place to spend sun-filled days fishing, crabbing or a number of other activities in one of the most beautiful locations on the Barnegat Bay.”

  The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on October 5 and the public is invited to attend. The rain date is October 7. Bayside Park is located on Route 35 South opposite Brick Beach III.

  The improved park includes a new gazebo, an enlarged and improved playground with safety surface, a new picnic area, new benches and shade structures on the boardwalk, bait tables for people to fish and crab, a concrete patio for activities and two concrete cornhole games.

  Previously, a new boardwalk had been installed on the site. The project also included landscaping and installation of sod and an irrigation system.

  During Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Bayside Park suffered extensive damage and in the subsequent years, the popular recreational area was used as a staging area for recovery projects such as the dredging of Barnegat Bay and the beach replenishment project.

  Township officials waited for those projects to be finalized before moving forward with the renovation design and construction.

  The winning bid was submitted by Precise Construction of Freehold. The cost of the renovation project was $722,022.

  Precise previously completed the Herbertsville, Angela Hibbard, Hank Waltonowski and Bernie Cooke projects. CME Associates designed the park and served as the consulting engineers for the project.

  Brick Township has applied for Green Acres funding to offset the cost of this and other park projects. This is the seventh project completed in the mayor’s Park Improvement Program.

  Projects previously compled include the playgrounds at Windward Beach Park, Herbertsville Park (formerly Colorado Park), Lake Riviera Park, Angela Hibbard Park, Hank Waltonowski Park and Bernie Cooke Park. Other recreational facility improvements completed in the past few years include the installation of fitness stations and replacing the field turf at the Drum Point Sports Complex.

  The next park improvement project being planned will take place at Cedar Bridge Manor Park.