NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Local residents, Rutgers students and nature aficionados will soon be able to enjoy a new and improved Buccleuch Park.
New features will be installed in the portion of the park adjacent to the New Brunswick Senior Center, according to city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw.
The plans call for new bocci ball and shuffleboard areas, exercise stations and a planting area, Bradshaw said, all of which will complement the existing facilities at the park.
Construction will begin in the spring, Bradshaw said, adding that bids for the project haven’t gone out yet.
As part of the renovations, nine trees will be removed and replaced with 15 new trees: eight London Plane trees and seven Downy Serviceberry trees.
Overall, the 78-acre park, which sits just off the Raritan River and next to the Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail,offers plenty besides shade.
Some of those amenities include the “many athletic fields for baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, cricket, or basketball,” according to the city website.
The park also includes a 1.5 mile cross country/fitness trail, a rock garden, flower garden, picnic pavilion, playground and the Buccleuch Mansion, a colonial estate which George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and John Hancock believe to have visited.
Now, the only question: what is the proper way to pronounce Buccleuch?