NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – While the temperature is slated to drop later this week, spring is coming soon—and that’ll give residents the chance to play in New Brunswick’s freshest park.

The city formally reopened Recreation Park, off Pine Street and near Georges Road, halfway through last summer. The amenity was designed by Matrix New World of Florham Park, an engineering firm with an expertise in landscape architecture.

The $2.8 million makeover included new basketball courts, a playground, a community garden, a skate park, a water-spray area, fencing and lighting. The site also boasts two “large” fields that can be used for a number of activities, according to the city.

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Since the opening, workers have also built new bathrooms on the site, city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw told TAPinto New Brunswick.

“I spent a lot of time here as a young man and a little boy playing in Recreation Park,” Mayor Jim Cahill reportedly told a crowd last summer assembled for the grand opening. “This park, like all parks in the city, belongs to you.”

The skate park, playground and basketball courts remain open from dawn to dusk all year, Bradshaw said.

Residents can take advantage of the water spray area around the end of June, she said. There, wide, nearly-vertical fountains jet water into the air.

Parking lots are available to the public on the sides that abut Pine and Sandford streets.

The Civic League of Greater New Brunswick, a civil-rights group that works for minorities in Central Jersey, helped to lead the charge for the overhaul of the park.