Garfield NJ park with walking paths, food trucks moving forward
Tobogganing in Van Saun Park in Paramus after snowfall
Sledding enthusiasts hurtled down the slopes of Van Saun Park during the first snowfall of the season on January 7, 2022.
Tariq Zehawi, NorthJersey.com
GARFIELD – A new passive park filled with walking paths, a bandstand and space for a food truck lot is about to become a reality for the town.
The council voted unanimously in favor of a $3.5 million bond order to completely revamp what is now Columbus Park.
City Manager Erin Delaney was quick to point out that the city had received two grants to offset the bonds, one from Bergen County and the other from the New Jersey Green Acres program. Delaney said either way, the city had to pay for the work and be reimbursed through the grant programs.
The city will receive more than $1.2 million from the Green Acres program and nearly $700,000 from the Bergen County Open Space program, bringing the total to more than $1.8 million in grants, Delaney said.
She said that once the plans are finalized and the engineer “receives all necessary permits”, construction should begin “next spring”.
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What are the changes?
The 6-acre park and baseball field is designated as Green Acres Field. It is home to an urban well and filtration system, the Babe Ruth baseball field, and a monument to Christopher Columbus.
It was previously considered for commercial or residential development due to its proximity to the Plauderville NJ Transit station.
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Mayor Richard Rigoglioso said the city hasn’t determined the exact work to be done, but he estimates the cost will be “between $2 million and $3 million.”
“We know it will be a passive park and the whole area will be redesigned, but we are working with our engineers,” he said. “There will be space for walking and an amphitheater and a passive area for food trucks. We also want to have a refreshment center similar to the one they have at Van Saun Park, as well as benches and space to hang out.
Rigoglioso said work won’t begin until spring 2023 because that year will be dedicated to the second phase of the waterfront park along River Drive. This will include widening the road and extending the park.
Katie Sobko is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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