MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Starting on Wednesday, residents can vote on which projects they'd like to have completed as part of Maplewood's inaugural participatory budget program.

More than a dozen projects have been placed on a ballot which will be available online at the Maplewood Township website, https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/. Projects include park, memorial and signage improvements, among others.

A list of the projects include:

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  • Dog Park or Run: Create a dog park or run in Maplewood.

  • Ping Pong Tables: Construct two to four permanent ping pong tables in Maplewood parks.

  • Street Name Signage Replacement: Replace and upgrade street name signage on major roadways in the township.

  • Improvements to Borden Park: Install American with Disabilities Act compliant changing tables, picnic tables, and trash cans in Borden Park.

  • Improve the Safety and Curb Appeal of Elmwood Arts District: Purchase and install planters outside the shops on the corner of Elmwood and Orchard allowing for outdoor seating and pedestrian safety.

  • Improvements to Maplewood's Local History Center: Create an archive for preserving and studying Maplewood’s historically important documents, maps, photos, and other artifacts.

  • Map Placards for Bike Path: Install map placards for the existing bike path on Parker Avenue and Hudson.

  • Bring Pickle ball to Maplewood: Construct a pickle ball court in a community park.

  • Maplewood Pollinator Project: Plant a pollinator garden in each of the Maplewood's parks.

  • Restoration of Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Restore the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Memorial Park.

  • Community Labyrinth: Design and construct a community labyrinth in Maplecrest Park.

  • Neighborhood WiFi Pilot: Bridge the digital divide with infrastructure to allow broadband access to residents who lack meaningful access to broadband Internet.

  • Beautify Dehart Community Center: Purchase and install large flower pots to beautify the Dehart Community Center.

  • Welcome to Hilton Neighborhood Signage: Install signage for various locations in the Hilton Neighborhood.

  • Sidewalk at the Senior Center: Install a pedestrian sidewalk outside the Maplewood Senior Center at 106 Burnett Ave.

  • Smart TV and Projector for Dehart Community Center: Purchase and install a smart TV and projector at the Maplewood Community Center.

Voting begins at 9 a.m. on May 15 and takes place until 4:30 p.m. on May 31. Voters must be 14 years of age or older. They will be required to submit an affidavit certifying that they live in Maplewood and are at least 14 years old. The ballot will be available in print at the Township Clerk's Office and all branches of the Maplewood library. The print will be available in three languages: English, Haitian Creole and Spanish.

Members of the community, local civic groups, school parents organizations, and non-profit organizations based in Maplewood submitted their proposals for ideas for "one-time projects" with "one-time expenditures" that address a community need and provide a community benefit from March 1 to April 1.

A Participatory Budget Committee then reviewed the proposals to see if they met the estabilshed criteria. The committee included township committee members, chief finance officer, engineer, business administrator and the public works director.

Fifty-thousand dollars has been allocated from the township's capital budget for the Participatory Budget program.

The winning projects will be announced during the Maplewood Township Committee meeting on June 5, following the public voting period.