BELMAR, NJ — Chain-link fencing will be the finishing touch placed around Belmar’s two newest playgrounds, as well as two other popular recreational locations.

The recently installed play areas on 15th Avenue at E Street and on Eighth Avenue at Silver Lake, Maclearie Park’s Ed Brown Airport Playground on Route 35 and Memorial Field on Main Street are the sites for the new fencing.

The borough’s public works department started demolition work this week to prepare for the fence installation project, beginning at Memorial Field, located across 12th Avenue from Belmar Elementary School. It will then take down the temporary wooden fencing at the 15th and Eighth Avenue playgrounds, and end its work at the Maclearie Park playground.

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WBE Fencing Company was awarded the nearly $75,000 contract to installed some 2,700 feet of galvanized chain-link fencing at the four locations. The Brewster, N.Y.-based company submitted the lowest bid among seven companies vying for the project. For the borough, it was the second round of bidding for the contact, after it rejected all bids the first go-round.

Once the demolition work is completed, it is expected to take about a week for WBE Fencing to install the new fencing at each location, weather conditions permitting.

Continued improvements at Belmar’s parks and playgrounds have been a major 2017 initiative with the governing body earmarking $1 million in this year’s budget for these projects.

“Belmar has never looked better,” said Mayor Matthew Doherty at a recent borough council meeting. “We have eight new playgrounds in five years.”

Belmar also has four beachfront playgrounds, situated near the boardwalk at Fourth, Eighth, 12th and 16th avenues.

In May, the governing body entered into a $9,000 contract with Whirl Construction of Port Monmouth to construct the two bright and bold playgrounds at Eighth Avenue and 15th Avenue. Under the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey’s Cooperative Purchasing Program, the governing body in June approved a $269,000 contract with RubbeRecycle in Lakewood to purchase surface materials for these two sites, as well.

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