Essex County News

County Tables Dog Park, Will Build Nautical Playground Near Paddle Boat Pavilion

South Mountain Recreation Complex Paddle Boat and Picnic Pavilion. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ - After environmental concerns were raised at the March 5 West Orange Planning Board meeting about the contruction of a dog park in the South Mountain Recreation Complex, the County tabled the proposal pending further research. County engineers will review the plans to determine if a dog park would be feasible.

In addition, after Courtesy Review Application PB-13-26C/County of Essex/South Mountain Recreation Complex, Block: 162; Lot: 2; Zone: R-1, regarding the installation of a nautical-themed playground near the Paddle Boat Pavilion, was reviewed, neither the Planning Board or residents opposed the installation.

Plans are now underway to design the nautical-themed playground featuring age-appropriate apparatus and rock climbing equipment for children ages 2-5 years and 5-12 years. The playground surface will be rubberized and provide a no-cost activity for visitors coming to picnic or ride the paddle boats.

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Because the project must still go to bid, there is no current timeline for completion or cost projections. The Alternative Press will provide updates as they become available.




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