SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholders Sergio Granados and Rebecca Williams joined Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Manager Margaret Heisey, Recreation Director DJ Salvante at the official reopening of Brookside Park on Thursday, Aug. 8.

The group celebrated recent upgrades to the park that brought it up to 2019 standards.

"Although the park looked nice, it needed upgrades. We replaced the entire playground equipment and added a roller table that allows people of disabilities to participate in activities through a grant called Level the Playing Field," said Township Manager Al Mirabella in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "I want to credit Director Salvante and the Recreation Commission for putting these improvements in place."

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The improvement project was also funded by a grant from the Union County Kids’ Recreation Trust. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.