BELMAR, NJ — With spring just around the corner, Maclearie Park will soon have a new attraction overlooking the picturesque Shark River.

The Belmar Public Works Department has erected a picnic pavilion — or “shade structure” as it is being called by borough officials — on the northern end of the park, nearest the L Street beach off Route 35.

The structure was purchased by the borough shortly after Superstorm Sandy struck in 2012, “but we never got around to getting it up,” Public Works director Michael Campbell said during the borough council’s February 18 meeting

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That’s until Mayor Mark Walsifer and the governing body decided the riverfront park would be an ideal location, he added. Situated among the park’s barbecues, the pavilion will provide a covered area for visitors, as well as for divers who use the park’s shore-accessible saltwater dive site.

While the structure has been installed and roofed by a Public Works crews, a concrete floor still needs to be poured, and discussions are under way whether to place railings around its large columns.

It is also expected that the pavilion will also be available for rental by the public for special events — just as the borough does with the Huisman Gazebo on the banks of Silver Lake.

 

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