WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The borough celebrated the grand re-opening of the renovated and upgraded Frank Zaccaria and Rose Place parks Saturday with a fun filled morning full of activities for all ages.
"Today was a great day for our community," said Mayor Keith Kazmark. "The weather was amazing and the crowd had a great time. Thanks to all who played a part in making these improvements a reality. If today was any indication, these new amenities will bring smiles to the faces of the kids in our town for years to come."
Following a fishing contest with about three dozen participants, the event featured a reptile show, food, a clown and face painting, the opening of the splash pad and more. The parks recently underwent the first in a multi-phased upgrade plan made possible by the Woodland Park Open Space Trust Fund.
Work completed in the first phase of Zaccaria Park includes:
- A floating dock at Henderson Pond
- Sun shelters and picnic tables near pond and dock
- Paved access drive with a turnaround
- Addition of new parking lot, below the existing lot
- Paved access drive
- Constructed new basketball court at new location in the park
- Addition of skateboard park
- Additional playground equipment.
- New playscape surface and borders
- Waste and recycling containers at various locations.
- New fence to separate park from residential properties.
- New park entrance sign.
Work completed in Rose Place Park includes:
- Replaced comfort station lighting and roof
- Add swing-set with new playscape surface
- New playscape surface
- Repaired tennis court surface, installed new nets and windscreen and replaced lights
- New benches
- Reconstructed and paved circular walk path and paved connecting path to Zaccaria Park
- New path light poles
- New landscaping and signage at park entrances
- Installed drainage improvements along new paved path
- Waste and recycling containers at various locations
- Replaced concrete unit pavers between parking lot and comfort station
Phase two would be the installation of a new, larger synthetic turf soccer field with lighting. The third phase will be for making upgrades to the walking path around Zaccaria Park.
Woodland Park currently collects approximately $160,000 per year in Open Space, Recreation & Historic Preservation funding. This measure was voted upon and approved by the voters in November of 2004. It has been used for capital improvements such as the new facilities installed at Memorial Field and multiple parks.