Wider Sidewalk Part of Chatham Borough Plan for Liberty Park

Chatham Borough is working on "Phase 2" of the refurbishing of Liberty Park at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Main Street Credits: TAP Chatham
This sidewalk along Liberty Park leading to Main Street will be widened from four feet to eight feet wide Credits: TAP Chatham
Vince DeNave, Chatham Borough engineer, goes over plans for Liberty Park with the Chatham Borough Council Credits: TAP Chatham
Drawing of planned improvements to Liberty Park, located at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Main Street in Chatham Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - "Phase 2" of the refurbishment of Liberty Park, which includes plans for an eight-foot wide sidewalk, was presented by Vincent DeNave, borough engineer, on Monday night at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting.

Phase 1 had been to clean up the small park and install new fencing along Day's Brook at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Main Street. DeNave's proposal presented to the council would include a brick paver path, three benches, flower beds along the fence, and a wider sidewalk for Chatham Middle School students crossing at the light. DeNave estimated the cost of Phase 2 at $27,400.

"We've gone back and forth to decide how much effort should be put into this park because people are saying it looks great now just the way it is," DeNave said. "At one point, there was talk to put several thousand roses in there. The plans have been slimmed down considerably."

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DeNave explained that a brick paver walkway would run parallel to the Day's Brook fencing and there would be spaces for three benches, with flower beds located between the walkway and the fence.

 "A nice feature to this plan as well is the existing concrete sidewalk that runs along Lafayette, and is heavily traveled by kids going to school, is going to widened to eight feet," DeNave said. "We're going to eliminate that small grass strip and we're going to make eight-foot sidewalks."





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