Some of the very appealing aspects about living in Randolph are our 600 acres of parks, 16 miles of trails and numerous recreation programs. In 2014, recognizing that the needs of the Randolph community had changed since the last Parks and Recreation Master Plan was developed in 2004, the Township Council directed that a comprehensive process be undertaken to assess the needs of the community and develop an updated Master Plan designed to address those needs over the next 10 years.
After an 18-month information-gathering process that included extensive community input, including meetings with more than 40 different stakeholder groups, input from over 600 residents via an online survey, and responses to a mailed survey from 520 households, final recommendations were presented. In July of 2016, the Town Council adopted a Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which provides a vision for the future of the township’s park facilities and recreation programs for the next 10 years.
The complete plan is available on the township website at: http://www.randolphnj.org/parks_and_recreation/master_plan
Some of the key recommendations and components of the plan are below:
- Preserve open space
- Upgrade and maintain current facilities
- Replace field lighting at Heistein, Brundage Carrell and Brundage Sussex Parks, and add lighting to additional fields at Heistein, Freedom and Randolph Parks
- Replace existing artificial turf at Freedom Park and add 2 additional artificial turf fields at Freedom Park and Brundage/Sussex Park
- Provide paved walkways to all facilities to improve access and meet ADA guidelines
- Ensure the availability of support facilities, including restrooms, drinking fountains at all parks
- Provide Wi-Fi at all parks
- Install security cameras to improve safety
- Improve Brundage Playhouse including restrooms and dressing rooms
In addition to upgrading and improving our current facilities, a major focus of the Master Plan is the development of a new park on Calais Road designed to encourage residents to gather and interact. Recommendations are that this new park include:
- Outdoor stage/bandshell with event lawn seating
- Community garden
- Nature trails
- Outdoor fitness equipment
- All access playground
- Picnic shelters
- Game courts (pickleball, bocce, shuffleboard)
- Paved walking track with lighting
The Master Plan will be implemented over the next 10 years using funds from the Open Space Trust Fund with no new tax impact on residents. The total cost of the 10-year plan is estimated at approximately $12 million.
The initial design phase of the Plan will begin soon. I look forward to the start of this exciting project.