BELMAR, NJ — Big and bright playgrounds are rising at the corner of 15th Avenue and E Street, and the western banks of the Silver Lake.

Installers from Whirl Construction Inc. of Port Monmouth are assembling the boldly colored recreational equipment — a collection of slides, tunnels, ladders and swings, among other playtime amenities.

In this year’s recently approved budget, the borough earmarked $1 million for improvements to both parks and Three-Acre Park, home to Monument Row, on Main Street.

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“We are excited about the new playgrounds on 15th Avenue and at Silver Lake. Both areas have been in great need of repairs and improvements,” said Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay, who is a member of the council’s Parks, Roads and Buildings Committee.

In addition to being a colorful site of blue, green and purple twists and twirls, the state-of-the-art equipment is specially designed to allow children and without disability to play together, she said.

“These innovative playgrounds will have the latest and greatest equipment and features, look beautiful and most importantly, be safe for the children,” Nicolay added “They will bring years of fun and enjoyment to our community.”

The Borough Council entered into a contract with Whirl Construction in May, authorizing the $9,000 purchase of the playground equipment at both parks. Under the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey’s Cooperative Purchasing Program, the governing body this month approved a $269,000 contract with RubbeRecycle in Lakewood to purchase playground surface materials, but it rejected all bids for fencing for both playgrounds.

 

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