BAYONNE, NJ - Plans to upgrade a park at the northeastern most portion of Bayonne got a boost recently from the city council in the form of an approval to apply for $500,000 from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund. If awarded, the funding will more than half of the anticipated nearly $900,000 total cost of the project.

City officials have been seeking funds from the county and other sources for several years in order to upgrade the park near the busiest gateway into Bayonne.

“We’re doing this with grants and matching funds from the city,” said Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski.

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The park, located on Avenue E just south of the entrance to the New Jersey Turnpike Extension, was named after Russell Golding, a Bayonne fire captain who lived a few blocks away on 57th Street.

Golding, a state champion Golden Gloves welterweight in 1938, was cited for heroism for his actions at the Sun Gas Products Company plant fire in 1960 when he drove a burning tank truck from the scene of the blaze before the vehicle could explode.

While the park does not have a name plate bearing the name of the heroic fire captain, it does include walking trails, benches, a playground, basketball courts, and a wading pool. 

Early upgrades to the park have already been funded under the state’s Green Acres program.

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