LIVINGSTON, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. met with Livingston Mayor Al Anthony and members of the Livingston Township Council on Wednesday to discuss enhancing the aesthetic, public access and passive recreation opportunities at Essex County Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston.

During the meeting, DiVincenzo said the county intends to hire a landscape architect to create an improvement plan for the 42-acre park.

According to Mayor Anthony, this county park within Livingston's borders is “a hidden gem with breathtaking views” as the highest point in Essex County. He said Wednesday’s meeting was “a great day in Livingston,” as DiVincenzo recognized the council's unanimous resolution passed in February seeking enhancement to the park for recreational purposes.

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“Unfortunately, [the park] has long been underutilized due to its deteriorating condition,” said Anthony. “Today, the county, which has a terrific history of beautifying and enhancing county parks in many other towns, has dedicated itself to seeing that Livingston's county park can reach the vast potential it has."

Essex County Riker Hill Art Park, located at 276 Beaufort Avenue, is a former U.S. Missile Base taken over by Essex County in the 1970s. The site currently serves as an incubator where artists of many disciplines hone their skills and create masterpieces.

Pictured above with DiVincenzo are Livingston Mayor Al Anthony, Deputy Mayor Shawn Klein, Councilman Edward Meinhardt, Freeholders Leonard Luciano and Patricia Sebold, and Essex County Deputy Parks Director Kate Hartwyk.