NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ - City residents are getting a chance to say what they want to see in two popular city parks.
On Sept. 12, the city will have public meeting at the Paul Robeson Community School for the Art, 199 Commercial Ave, to hear suggestions for improving and redesigning Feaster and Pitman parks. The meeting is open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m.
In June the city council allocated $150,000 for an agreement with the private, non-profit agency Trust for Public Land to seek residents’ input about upgrading these two parks. Trust for Public Land is a California-based agency that has worked nationwide as an expert in developing parks.
New Brunswick is funding this effort with $75,000 from a federal Community Development Block Grant, and would receive another $75,000 from the city-based private non-profit Unity Square agency. Unity Square serves as a community steward of the Feaster Park on Throop Avenue, and maintains the community garden there.
Wednesday's meeting is part of the effort to gather residents' input for the improvements.
All of this is party of a larger city effort started in 2016 when New Brunswick, working with Trust for Public Land and advisors from Rutgers, created long-range park improvement plan.
The city has built fitness and workout courses at Buccleuch Park and at Alice Jennings Archibald Park.
On Saturday, the city will kick-off the opening of the fitness course at Buccleuch Park with a launch party, including a ribbon cutting and a fitness challenge geared for various workout levels, and a "Health and Play Family Day" hosted by the parks department and St. Saint Peter’s University Hospital.
The city spent $320,000 for the workout courses, matting and equipment at the two parks. The program begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.
New Brunswick has also built new spray pads at Archilbald Park and Joyce Kilmer Park, and created a community gardening program at Archilbald Park.