BELMAR, NJ — After being closed for more than three months due to the coronavirus crisis, Belmar’s seven playgrounds are back in action — the police barricades and orange safety cones moved from their entrances.
The borough reopened the play areas on July 2 — wasting no time after Gov. Phil Murphy gave the green light for the return of this outdoor venue for children.
There are four playgrounds along Belmar’s 1.3-mile boardwalk — at 16th, 12th, Eighth and Fourth Avenues. In addition, the borough is home to the Jane Magovern’s Playground on Eighth Avenue along Silver Lake, Mitzi and Emily’s Playground on 15th Avenue and the Ed Brown Playground on Route 35, next to Maclearie Park along the Shark River.
The playgrounds were closed on March 19 — the first day of spring — under Mayor Murphy’s initial COVID-19 emergency declaration issued 10 days earlier “to limit social contact in order to reduce the spread of the virus.”
TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is Belmar and Lake Como’s only free daily newspaper. Accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, it is the official electronic newspaper of both municipalities. As a locally owned news organization, TAPinto through its advertisers is able to publish online, objective news 24/7 at no charge. Sign up for its free daily e-News, and follow it on Facebook and Twitter.