DENVILLE, NJ-- Mayor Tom Andes released a statement on the fate of the Gardner Field Playground Project early Monday morning. 

At the most recent recreation committee meeting, the committee decided to suspend the project due to lack of interest in volunteer efforts. Mayor Andes statement is below.

To the Citizens of Denville,

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As the Gardner Field Playground approached its 20th anniversary, I tasked the Recreation Committee starting last year to begin to investigate how best to commence the replacement of the playground, as some of the playground equipment approaches its life expectancy. During the past year, the Recreation Committee held several open public meetings and conducted surveys on what the community liked, disliked and wanted to see in a new playground. With the input obtained in the surveys, the Committee had a new state-of-the-art playground designed and then held several more public meetings in order to generate interest among volunteers to start the fund raising on what was estimated as a $250,000 project. 

Unfortunately, the interest from the community to volunteer at this time was not what was necessary to successfully begin the project. At last week’s Recreation Committee, the Committee voted to suspend the project indefinitely. The Township is committed to maintaining the playground in a safe condition until such point there is sufficient renewed interest in performing fund raising efforts necessary to rebuild the playground. 

My appreciation to all of those who volunteered their time and efforts towards this project.

Tom Andes