Brick residents – those who have two legs and those who have four – have two new places to play.

Mayor John Ducey led ribbon cutting ceremonies on the reopening to two parks in town: Angela Hibbard Park and Lake Riviera Park this week.

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“All the parks become sources of pride for the community and increase property values,” said Ducey, who has made investments in parks a high priority during his first mayoral term.

At Angela Hibbard, a special portion of the park renovation project was to add a dog park – Brick’s first and only such facility. The park contains two areas for dogs – one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Dog owners are simply asked to follow the rules when using the parks.

Angela Hibbard – who the park is named after – was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony along with family members. Hibbard, who served as the township’s first recreation director, also received Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her efforts in promoting recreation from the office of U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur.

Children's play equipment at Angela Hibbard Park. (Photo: Township of Brick)
Children’s play equipment at Angela Hibbard Park. (Photo: Township of Brick)

“There are few, if any, people in our town’s history who have done more for recreation in our community than Angela Hibbard,” said Ducey. “She is known as the matriarch of Brick Township recreation.”

For humans, both parks include facilities that will engage residents of all ages. At Angela Hibbard, the park includes a new playground for children ages 2-5, a second playground for children ages 6-12, a basketball court, a pickleball court, plus a perimeter walking trail.

Children's play equipment at Lake Riviera Park. (Photo: Township of Brick)
Children’s play equipment at Lake Riviera Park. (Photo: Township of Brick)

At Lake Riviera Park, facilities include two playgrounds along with a new walking trail and fishing pier. A rock wall separates the beach area from a grassy play area. A new gazebo has been built in the middle of the park.

Angela Hibbard Park is located off Drum Point Road and Lake Riviera Park is located off Lake Shore Drive.