Brick officials have funded projects important to the survival of two parks in town and the future reconstruction of another. Security features at additional parks will also become a reality in the coming year.
Mayor John Ducey said the 2016 capital budget will include projects to reduce erosion at two neighborhood parks – Cedarbridge Manor Park and Mallard Point Park. The two parks, located on the Metedeconk River and Kettle Creek, respectively, have been subject to decline due to age, but also significant erosion from the waterways.
The improvement projects at the two parks will be based on a plan officials carried out at Bay Harbor Park – on the Tunes Brook Branch of Kettle Creek – last year. The plan involved installing new vinyl bulkheading, replenishing the beach and installing 300 cubic yards of stone breakwater that resembles two jetties. The breakwater protects the park in storms and prevents wave action from impacting the sand and eroding the berm.
Additionally, Ducey announced the township would renovate and upgrade Bernie Cooke Park off Burnt Tavern Road. The park, however, is adjacent to the ongoing Garden State Parkway interchange project, Ducey said, so the project would not begin until after construction ends.
Finally, officials have kept a promise to increase security at township parks. Infrared security cameras, which will be linked to the police department, will be installed at numerous parks, including Hebertsville Park, Angela Hibbard Park and Lake Riviera Park.
The 2016 capital budget amounts to $8.5 million, though the park projects will only constitute a portion of that figure. The exact pricing for the park projects will not be known until bids are solicited and accepted by the township.