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Brick to Seek State Funding to Renovate Three Parks

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Hank Waltonowski Park is among three parks for which Brick is seeking funding. (Credit: Google Maps)
Hank Waltonowski Park is among three parks for which Brick is seeking funding. (Credit: Google Maps)

Brick Township is hoping to obtain million of dollars in state funding to renovate three parks as part of a plan by Mayor John Ducey’s administration to upgrade all of the township’s park facilities.

Brick will apply for $2.1 million in state Green Acres funding to upgrade three parks: Bayside Park, in the Normandy Beach section, Hank Waltonowski Park, in the Birchwood Park section, and Bernie Cooke Memorial Park, behind the Wawa off Burnt Tavern Road.

The township has already committed $1.1 million to renovate Hank Waltonowski Park, commonly known as Birchwood Park. The renovation plan, which was put out to bid Tuesday night, calls for the construction of two playgrounds – one for children ages 2-5 and one for children ages 6-12 – plus safety surfacing in play areas, a basketball and volleyball court, a gazebo, and lighting and security cameras.

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Birchwood Park has been renamed for Hank Waltonowski, a township employee who has passed away.


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  • J W

    Bernie Cooke is in especially bad shape due to the construction, not that it was ever in good shape. It’s been twenty years since that place had nets on the hoops. The newer junglgym is nice. Get rid of all that useless parking space up front. Nobody’s ever used it.

    • Frank Rizzo

      Do you play a lot of basketball JW

  • Stephen Brill

    The initial cost for the Bernard Cooke park is $1.7 million. Whatever money the Green Acres funding does not cover Brick Township will have to pickup. This is not the total cost to the Brick Township property tax payers. The amount to be raised through bonding the Townships portion will be added to future budgets. The cost of maintaining the park, security monitoring, irrigation and lighting must also be added.
    Based on my observations by driving by this park almost daily, how many people are expected to utilize its facilities?
    Maybe some less expensive alternatives could have been presented!

  • Frank Rizzo

    Newark and Camden get billions in state aid..where is ours