WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Foundation plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special gift to Westfield by renovating a green space on the south side of the Westfield Train Station, next to Exquisite Bride.
“One of the things we wanted to do as a board was do something significant for the town, memorable for the town, in honor of our 40th anniversary,” Westfield Foundation board member Jay Boyle told Westfield’s town council during a conference meeting last week.
With the council’s approval, they hope to name the space “Foundation Park.”
The Westfield Foundation has $35,000 set aside for this project, which it would use to put in plantings, benches, sidewalks and more, Boyle said. He noted that the park could even be used for small concerts. Board members are hoping to get started this summer and have the project finished by fall.
Town Administrator Jim Gildea said that the town would add lighting to the area. He noted that the town already plans to remove three ailing trees in that space and replace them with six new trees. The department of public works may also help with some of the “heavy lifting” involved in the project.
Council members said that they were in agreement to proceed with the renovations.
“Conceptually, I’m in support of this,” said Mayor Andy Skibitsky.
Through the support of community members, throughout its 40 years the Westfield Foundation has been able to award $4 million to local organizations, Boyle said.