BAYONNE, NJ - A $2.1 million contract for improvements to Francis G. Fitzpatrick Park was awarded to Picerno Geordano of Kenilworth by the Bayonne City Council at its September 16 meeting. Fitzpatrick Park is located along Avenue C between West 26th and West 27th Streets, directly across the street from City Hall.
With the anticipated installation of storage tanks and other underground upgrades to hold approximately 300,000 of gallons of untreated storm water to prevent sewage systems from overflowing, the project, which will make the park ADA compliant, has benefits that extend beyond the recreational assets.
Included in the plans are the construction of a new splash park area, a roller hockey rink, a basketball court, a patio area with picnic tables and game tables, a bike rack, and drinking fountains for people and pets. There are also plans for new playgrounds for both younger and older children along with “lighting and landscaping improvements.”
In recent years the park has served as the location for several events including an annual Christmas Tree and Menorah lighting, and weekly Bayonne Farmers’ Market – which has been temporarily relocated to Delmonte Drive until the work is completed.
The small building which serves as a storage shed will be removed, while 17 trees currently standing will be replaced with 14 that are anticipated to provide better shade.
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