BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Prior to Wednesday's Concert in the Park series featuring Beatlemania Again, the Township celebrated the installation of the new Memorial Park Playground with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Before the start of the performance and playground ribbon cutting, Mayor Robert Woodruff held his Mayor’s Roundtable, hosted by Dr. Donald DeFabio, owner of DeFabio Chiropractic Spine & Sports Rehab.
Mayor Woodruff discussed recent development in Berkley Heights, like the redevelopment of the municipal complex. The redevelopment is still in its early stages -- currently the township is looking for a project manager. “It’s a process,” explained Woodruff, but construction is expected to start in the fall.
The Recreational Coordinator Carolyn George, who was involved in the project that resulted in the newly assembled playground, was overjoyed with the idea that she helped provide another space for children to play. “I’m all about kids and my kids are grown,” explained George and added, “I just want kids to have fun.”
George explained to a crowd of curious parents the intricacies of producing a new play area for Berkeley Heights' kids. “The Berkeley Heights Recreation Department paid for the playground,” explained George. The various programs run by the recreational department allowed them to raise enough funds to build the playground.
Recreational Director Tom Barton added these funds, in combination with the Kids Recreation and Greening Union County Matching Grant Program, gave them the money needed to complete the project, which was roughly $60,000, after the future placement of a fence.
Mayor Woodruff concluded the Mayor’s Roundtable by ceremoniously cutting a ribbon, signifying the opening of the playground, but children had already begun playing.
Promptly after the ribbon cutting, the concert was slated to start, but before Beatlemania Again took the stage, Dr. Patrick Smith of Smith Chiropractic Family Care & Sports Injury Center, gave an opening statement, welcoming the large crowd and reaffirming the Suburban Chamber of Commerce's commitment to the community they represent in their 100th year in existence and 7th year sponsoring the summer concert series.
Editor's Note: Check back with TAPinto Berkeley Heights for the publishing of the Mayor's Round Table August Edition video. The TAPinto Berkeley Heights coverage of the Beatlemania Again concert and photo gallery is published separately.