ROXBURY, NJ – The new turf field at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna and the restored former Hopatcong Train Station in Landing were cited Wednesday by the Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce in announcing its choices for this year’s business beautification awards.
The Chamber presented the awards to Roxbury Township government for the Horseshoe Lake project and to the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) for the train station renovation. The awards were presented at the organization’s annual holiday luncheon.
Over the course of five years, the non-profit LHF completely restored the 108-year-old former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad station. It moved into the structure about a year ago and uses it as its headquarters.
A Very Big Job
Chamber President Nick Wunner, an engineer, said he knows how much work was required to repair and restore the old stone building.
“I had many clients come in and wonder what could they do with that building,” he said. “Can they do this? Can they do that? And usually, when they found out what stuff like that costs, they said no. But then I was happy to see that (LHF Foundation Board Chairman) Marty Kane and the Lake Hopatcong Foundation took it over and made it good, made it nice.”
LHF President Jessica Murphy said that, while the staff misses its former offices which offered sweeping views of Lake Hopatcong, it is glad to be in the renovated, historic station. “We miss our view, but we got a lovely building of our own, and we are so happy to be in Roxbury,” she said.
A Worthwhile Investment
In accepting the beautification award on behalf of the township, Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo praised the efforts of Roxbury Deputy Mayor Fred Hall. “Fred was really the driving force,” behind the project, he said.
The field is part of a $1.5 million upgrade to Horseshoe Lake Park that was completed in October. The project also includes a new scoreboard, new fencing, new lighting, improvements (including irrigation) to two grass fields, relocation of bleachers and expanded parking.
No tax dollars were used in the project, noted DeFillippo. It is funded with a recreation trust account composed of Horseshoe Lake Park user fees.
“Horseshoe Lake is one of the real jewels of Roxbury,” said the mayor. “It helps attract residents and businesses into our town. That’s why we are willing to make those kinds of investments.”
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