ELIZABETH, NJ Groundwork Elizabeth’s Green Team has been awarded a $30,000 grant by Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, a Linden based refinery, to fund an outdoor pavilion and associated activities at Phil Rizzuto Park.

The pavilion will serve as a headquarters for learning about ecology and the need to preserve nature in urban communities. Groundwork Elizabeth’s Green Team will work with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Division of Parks and Recreation to build and staff this outpost.

A partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which has hosted Groundwork Elizabeth youth activities at its Great Swamp Preserve, will be leveraged with the Phillips 66 commitment.  USFWS will be working with the County and Groundwork to design and build the outpost, and associated practices that will slow erosion along the Travers Brook which intersects the park.  When completed, the new facility will serve youth, adults, and seniors from Elizabeth and Union.

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Nancy Sadlon, manager, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery Public Affairs said, "Phillips 66 is proud to sponsor projects that protect and enhance the environment and add benefits to our local communities.  We’re dedicated to habitat preservation and sustainability in the areas surrounding our operations.”  She added, “Phillips 66 encourages us to live our company values of safety, honor, and commitment.  The Bayway Refinery is proud of our partnership with Groundwork Elizabeth and looks forward to a new relationship with the partners for the project.  We hope to cut the ribbon on the project by next summer.”

“The County of Union is proud to partner with Groundwork and Phillips 66 to promote environmental education in one of the state’s most populated regions,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “Rizzuto Park is a wonderful County asset that straddles a green way and waterway and is a picturesque oasis that will provide outstanding opportunities for this endeavor.”