RED BANK, NJKimley-Horn, a national planning, design and engineering firm was represented by Landscape architect Scott Scarfone, who presented their final concept Master Plan for Marine Park.

This was a cumulation of two public meetings held in April and May of 2018 where the firm gathered input from the audience and an online survey that was posted on the borough website.

Scarfone said, “We took all that information; what you see here is what direction the plan should go.”

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Read the highlights first and then hit the graphical link below:

* The existing parking lot at the waterfront will be removed resulting in a loss of 14 or 15 parking spaces.  This area would become open lawn and could include an ice rink in the winter and concert space in the summer.

* Parking would be located where the old tennis courts were with about 58 parking spaces and six in the northeast corner.

* As you come down Wharf Avenue to the entrance of the park, a formal gathering plaza space with a water feature was suggested with some type of veteran’s memorial.

* Move the playground up towards the entrance, nearer to the restrooms which would open up more of the waterfront.

* A “seat wall” would be built along the promenade that would overlook the Navesink river.  Plans call for the area to be elevated by 18 inches which would help protect the park from any storm surges.

* Two structures, each on the opposite side of the marina, was suggested with one being a “piece of art” edifice-stage for concerts and the other a public pavilion.

* A kayak launch with stands for storing and/or rental of kayaks.  The plan also included a side roadway for quick drop-off of car roof-top kayaks.   

Borough Business Administrator Ziad Shehady said, “We went over the plan with our team (Parks and Recreation, Environmental, Public Utilities), and tried to incorporate the feedback what we heard, keeping in mind the RiverCenter’s strategic plan and what the borough really should be doing with highlighting the river, offering more accessibility.”

To read TAPinto Red Bank’s article on Red Bank RiverCenter's Strategic Plan, click HERE.

Scott Scarfone spoke about the next steps saying, “(First steps) would be due diligence.  We’d be looking to understand what regulatory and permitting issues that would be required for construction documents to be produced and then take it to the next level.”

An updated survey would be required and a preliminary cost-estimate be established so funding can be lined up.  After the dollars are secured, it was estimated that “shovel-ready” would be at least 1 ½ to 2 years.

 Mayor Pat Menna wrapped up the meeting with, “My gut reaction of the ideas set forth, get us the roadmap of getting this done.  It accomplishes and brings together all the elements that we want to focus on; access and the attraction between the downtown and the river.”

A lot of words to read, but pictures tell the story.

Click HERE to see the graphic plan with an aside-bar ledgend explanation that shows the possible future of Marine Park.

The wheels of government turn slowly, especially when you’re talking about regulations and funding.

But all good things take time.

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To see a video of this meeting, courtesy of Suzanne Viscomi, click HERE.

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