NUTLEY, NJ - County and Township leaders joined Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr at the groundbreaking for the renovation of the Frank A. Cocchiola playground in Nutley's Yanticaw Park.
The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 as the first county park system established in the United States. Nutley’s Yanticaw Park, acquired over 100 years ago, is Essex County’s 11th largest park. The playground named after Frank A. Cocchiola, a man revered for his dedication to Nutley’s parks and recreation during his 28 years as Commissioner, was last revitalized approximately 16 years ago.
DiVincenzo, Jr. spoke at a Groundbreaking Event on Thursday April 12th. "This is the first consecutive year that we have been taking another look at the playgrounds in the historic Essex County Parks System and updating the facilities that are experiencing wear and tear because of heavy use. Our parks are popular gathering spots, especially our playgrounds, and it is important for us to provide modern equipment that is safe for children and able to meet the needs of the community.”
Frank Cocchiola Jr shared his appreciation for DiVincenzo’s efforts within the County Parks System. Holding his youngest grandson he then spoke of his family. "We've taken our grandchildren to this playground as a way of teaching them about my father and when 11-month-old Salvatore is ready to walk, we'll bring him here too.”
The playground will have two traditional climbing structures, one for children ages 2-5 years and one for children ages 5-12 years. There will be eight swings for children ages 5-12 and three swings for children ages 2-5. Handicap accessible swings and parent/child swings also will be installed in the play area. A cargo net climber will be located in the middle of the playground and smaller climbing apparatus, a "spinner" and a mister also will be part of the playground attractions.
A covered seating area will provide shade for parents who are watching their children at play. Paved areas for stroller parking and bicycle parking will be located off the park pathway. The fence will once again be utilized as well as the decorative plaque. Children of Nutley can once again expect to play at the Cocchiola park come June.
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