NEWARK, NJ – The Essex County Freeholder Board has unanimously voted to approve a $1,186,010 bid from APS Contracting, Inc., to make multiple improvements and refurbishments to the Essex County Riker Hill Park in Livingston.

The 204-acre complex, which was purchased in 1969 through the Green Acres Program, is a destination site for residents in the surrounding area and beyond. The planned improvement project will focus on the 42-acre Riker Hill Art Park and will consist of multiple construction-based refurbishments to various areas.

These improvements include new concrete sidewalks and curbs, soil erosion and sediment control, building concrete stairs and handrails, facade treatments, ensuring that the park is ADA compliant and installing new signage in and around the park.

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In speaking about the future improvements and their impact on the community, Livingston Mayor Al Anthony personally thanked Freeholder At-Large Patricia Sebold, a Livingston resident, for the hard work she put into this project as well as her fellow freeholders and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.

“Much-needed improvements will bring hours and hours of entertainment and recreation to all of the residents in Essex County,” said Anthony.

Freeholder President Gill added that any time the board can help preserve a historic site such as Riker Hill Art Park, “it is a good thing.”

“As president of the board and a longtime advocate of enhancing our open space areas, I was happy to move this process along and ensure that the park remains a beautiful site for all to enjoy,” he said.