SHORT HILLS, NJ - Millburn/Short Hills residents were out in full force on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon for the rededication of Gero Park.

The previous playground facility, which had been installed in 1997, was in need of an upgrade. As a result, the Millburn Recreation Department and the Township Committee allocated funding for a new play structure.

While the facility has been in use for several weeks, it was a chance for the township to officially dedicate the facility.

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"I think a lot of people have been here before because you can't really build this and hide it, but this is the official opening," said Millburn Township Recreation Director Bob Hogan.

"The old playground was in disrepair," Hogan added. "We couldn't find replacement parts, it was starting to's very exciting to have [the new playground] and I'm sure in the next 20 years, it's going to get a lot of use."

During the course of the afternoon, a children's entertainer was at the park with activities for the young Millburn/Short Hills residents in attendance. There was a tug of war, hand painting, balloon-making, and ice pops for all the children.

Hartshorn resident Rakhee Sonthalia was one of the parents who had brought their children to Gero Park. She was excited to have the new facility close to her house, and for the socializing opportunities it would afford her family and daughter in the future.

"We're still kind of new and she's new in the school district," she said. "I'm hoping as we bring her here more often she'll be able to forge new friendships."