Next July 4, the block party will be bigger and better than ever along Bay Way, neighbors say – and they’ll have a brand new park to show off to their friends and family members.
The ribbon was cut on the redesigned and rebuilt Bay Harbor Park this week, with officials heralding the rejuvenated, waterfront space overlooking Kettle Creek as a collaborative effort between township officials, engineers and neighbors that will serve as a model for future projects around Brick.
“After Sandy hit, it was destroyed,” said Vince Ansetta, who lives next to the park. “We had all kinds of watercraft up here, everything washed in.”
The redesigned park features 200 feet of new vinyl bulkheading, and a replenished beach that was filled with 2,000 cubic yards of fresh sand. The township also devised a plan to keep the park in shape for the long-term, electing to install 300 cubic yards of stone breakwater that resembles two jetties. The breakwater will protect the park in storms such as the nor’easter that occurred last weekend.
“We had a couple bad storms over the last 10 days, and the beach is holding up here great, just as it was designed,” said Mayor John Ducey.
Ansetta said the park, nestled along Bay Way off Queen Ann Road, is well-used and a good investment by the township – something he and his neighbors had been requesting for a long time. The beach is often filled with families, he said, and even plays host to people who set up tents and enjoy the outdoors.
“Come here on a Saturday in the summer time, and this is very busy, and it’s not only people from Brick,” he said. “There’s a fellow from North Jersey who comes here every single weekend just to crab.”
The project’s cost totaled $317,121 and was completed by Albert Marine Construction of Waretown.