WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Borough will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6:45 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 5 Brophy Lane to obtain public comment on a grant application for a new soccer field to be submitted to the Passaic County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust for capital improvement work at Frank Zaccaria Park.

Mayor Keith Kazmark will make a presentation followed by a question and answer period. All are welcome to attend and participate.

On June 10, 2017, the Borough celebrated the grand re-opening of the renovated and upgraded Frank Zaccaria and Rose Place parks, which underwent the first in a multi-phased upgrade plan. The second phase, for which the public hearing is being held for, is for installation of a new, larger synthetic turf soccer field with lighting. The third phase planned would be for making upgrades to the walking path around Zaccaria Park.

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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

Work in phase one was funded by the local Open Space, Recreation & Historic Preservation fund. The Borough currently collects approximately $160,000 per year in this fund, which had been 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.