PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Ground was ceremonially broken Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to commence the Hofstra Park Concession Stand Project.  The concession stand was funded by $75,000 from Passaic County Open Space & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.  Further matching funds came from the Borough of Prospect Park, marking another development for Hofstra Park.

Speaking at a podium, Mayor Mohamed Khairullah welcomed those in attendance and expressed his thanks to the borough and county for letting a vision for the be realized into reality.  A popular "Spray Park" had recently been added to Hofstra, and the mayor said that there were further plans for a soccer field to come.

"Thank you to the council, law enforcement, engineers, DPW," said Councilman Alaa Matari, "thank you to Passaic County for supporting Prospect Park as always.  This will one of many projects to come for a great future for Prospect Park."

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"This is a project to beautify our park for our residents to make it even more enjoyable," said Councilwoman Felicia Ortiz, "thank you very much."

"This is great news on behalf of our residents," Council President Anand Shah said.  "They're going to be very happy.  The mayor said nothing is possible without the teamwork of Open Space and the talent of the engineers.  We greatly appreciate it.  It's another idea happening in the park, the kids will have a great time."

"Thank you, it is an honor an privilege to be a part of this, this is a wonderful project," said Kathleen Caren, Passaic County Open Space Coordinator.  "We've supported Hofstra Park, as the only park facility in the borough, over the years and it has really come a long way.  We appreciate the maintenance and the care and continue to support open space and recreation.  It's wonderful for the children and everyone."

Mayor Khairullah recognized engineers Farah and Arsalan Gilani, David Garval, Police Chief Charlie Atie and Prospect Park Police Officers, Fire Chief Douglas Struyk, members of the Department of Public Works, Liz Rodriguez of New Hope Community Ministries, and Borough Adminstrative Assistant Beauty Nadim.

"We're so happy to see you all and be here at this celebration to open this space," Councilman Adnan Zakaria said, wishing everyone well.

Wearing white hard hats, the officials picked up gold-painted shovels and dug up some dirt on the spot where the stand will be, marking the official start of the construction phase.

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