WARETOWN, NJ – Now that it’s winter, the view from Faust Park is a sea of covered boats. Located in the Bay Haven section of Ocean Township, the park only has a couple of benches. The weather will soon be nice enough to unveil the neighboring vessels. By then, the small park may have a ship of its own.
For many years, a steel sliding board sat in Faust Park. However, the Joint Insurance Fund (JIF), which insures the municipality, called for its removal. Committee members think the park is due some type of replacement playground equipment. And, a “schooner” fits right in with the theme.
Township officials have allocated $16K from open space funds to spruce up the park. Committee members have pared their choices to a few options. Both would provide a play area for neighborhood children.
According to Diane B. Ambrosio, Township Administrator/Township Clerk, Faust Park is one of the most used parks in the township. “It’s walkable,” she said. “I think the play equipment would be well used there.”
Committeeman Ben LoParo disagreed, stating that he felt people use the park to walk their dogs. He suggested that the funds be used to purchase something similar for the Bryant Park expansion.
“I think that area will become a gathering place for children,” said LoParo. “This would be a more central location.”
Ambrosio pointed out that Bryant Park is directly on the water. There is little room to add a playground. Its proximity to the bay would necessitate the erection of a fence.
Mayor Ken Baulderstone is hopeful that the township can negotiate a price on the schooner play equipment model. “I know from my own grandchildren that the kids really get excited going on the ship,” he said. “Plus, it fits in the location.”