BLOOMFIELD, NJ --After 4 months of work the Joseph Tiseo Ramp Park, located at Memorial Park, is officially reopened to the public following a complete rebuild. The park, originally opened in 2008, is named after Bloomfield native and groundbreaking BMX competitor Joe Tiseo, who died in 2001 as a result of a motorcycle accident
The project was paid for through a Community Development Block Grant and the contract was awarded to American Ramp Company. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was applied for in 2019 by Michael Sceurman, Director of the Bloomfield Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department. “Throughout the design phase it was important to me to collaborate with residents that used the park on a regular basis to get their input and suggestions,” said Sceurman. “Equally important was the materials used during construction. I wanted to make sure we used metal framing along with the skatelite surfacing so that the equipment can withstand constant use and the weather in our area. The 15-year warranty that American Ramp Company provides assures that this park will remain safe and residents will enjoy it for many years to come.”
“Our township has some of the best and most well maintained parks in the county thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, DPW and Parks Maintenance. The Council and I are grateful for the job that each of those departments do on a daily basis,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “Since the park opened in 2008, bikers and skaters from all over the community have come to Bloomfield to experience this park. I am so pleased with the final outcome of the renovation and the fact that we were able to pay for it entirely through grant funding.”
During the planning phase, the township collaborated with local bikers and skaters including Adam Hauck and Michael Del Purgatorio, along with American Ramp Company to create a ramp park that was user friendly to both bikers and skateboarders of various levels of ability. A more streamlined flow was created along with a portion of the park with smaller ramps and a grind rail for beginners.
The park is home to the Annual Joe Tiseo Memorial Skate Jam in which bmx bikers and skaters come from all over the area to remember and celebrate the life of Tiseo.
“The completion of the renovations to Joseph Tiseo Park is another example of our commitment to having the highest quality outdoor spaces possible for our residents,” said Councilman Ted Gamble. “We have prioritized both growing and improving upon recreational space for our families and doing so at little or no cost to taxpayers. We will continue to apply for grant money so that we can do outstanding future projects like this.”
“Working collaboratively with the community we were able to complete a spectacular renovation of Joseph Tiseo Ramp Park,” said Councilwoman and Liaison to the Bloomfield Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Jenny Mundell. “I am so proud of the quality of our parks and look forward to continuing to improve and expand upon our outdoor spaces. I am thankful for the hard work of all of our municipal employees that played a role in the completion of this renovation and look forward to seeing it put to use.”
The Township of Bloomfield has imposed the following rules for the skate park;
- Joseph Tiseo Ramp Park is open daily from dusk until 10:00PM (with lights).
- Ramp park users must wear a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads.
- Maintain social distancing at all times (no closer than 6’ to any other participant).
- Face coverings are required.
- No sharing of bikes, skateboards or sharing of safety equipment.
- Maximum of 24 people at a time. Anyone within the ramp park must be actively engaged in a skating or biking activity. No spectators are allowed. No loitering.
- Whenever possible a limit of 2 people (socially distanced) should use a particular ramp or piece of equipment at a time.
- One hour maximum consecutive use time if the ramp park is at capacity (24 users). If no one else is waiting you can continue to use the ramp park but are required to exit if someone else wishes to use the ramp park, when at capacity. A total of 90 minute maximum use time per day.
- If you are waiting to participate do not congregate near ramp park entrance. Form a line, maintaining 6’ of social distancing.
- All ramp park users must clean up after themselves before leaving and recycle any water bottles, throw away garbage and properly dispose of personal protective equipment (face covering, gloves etc)
- If you or family members are displaying any symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home. If you have traveled to one of the restricted travel locations please self-quarantine and do not use the park until after your 14 day quarantine.
If you are vulnerable to COVID-19 or have any underlying health conditions, do not use the ramp park.