HAWTHORNE, NJ – The County of Passaic announced today that a number of improvements and renovations will be carried out in Goffle Brook Park in early September, following the award of a contract with Thomas & Sons. Thomas & Sons beat out three other bids received, with a price tag of $847,340. To offset some of the expense, $650,000 will be provided by the Passaic County Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. The balance will be derived from the 2019 county capital budget.
Bids were opened for the renovations on August 6 and the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders gave their approval for the renovations on August 13. These will include a renovation to the bathroom facilities, an extension of the paved walkway from the dog run to the parking lot, replacement and enlargement of the current playground, an expansion of the parking lot along Diamond Bridge Avenue, adding five new picnic tables and benches, and the replacement of the basketball court.
Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne encompasses 103 acres of Olmstead-designed landscapes, playgrounds, gravel walkways, athletic fields, Arnold’s Pond, a dog run, and has been the site of a number of municipal and county-sponsored activities throughout the season. The area which will be worked on is that section along Diamond Bridge Avenue.
“Our investments in Goffle Brook Park represent the Freeholders’ continuing commitment to preserve history while providing new and improved recreational opportunities for Passaic County families,” Freeholder Director John W. Bartlett said in a statement.
Deputy Freeholder Director Cassandra “Sandi” Lazzara also said, “To date, there are improvement projects either under design or construction in every park and historic site in the Passaic County Park System. Vibrant parks with space for recreation raise property values and make Passaic County a more attractive place to live, work, and raise a family. This Board is investing millions of dollars in park improvements, while continuing to hold the line on taxes.”
Seven years ago, in 2012, Passaic County commenced an overhaul of Goffle Brook Park, including the removal of non-native trees, planting new bushes and trees, a restructuring and stabilization of Goffle Brook’s shore that had been eroding land over the years, and installing a walkway/bike path. These improvements brought the park into line with the original Olmstead plan almost a century prior. Last year, Passaic County opened a synthetic turf athletic field in the south side of the park. The newest improvement to Goffle Brook Park was in May, when the John W. Rea House, long in disrepair, was renovated and re-dedicated as the Passaic County Arts Center, featuring the works of area artists both inside and on the grounds nearby. It is presently undergoing further works to improve the parking lot.
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