Freehold Borough officials certify park improvements completed

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FREEHOLD – A park redevelopment project that was the brainchild of a group of young adults in Freehold Borough has been completed.

During a recent meeting, members of the Borough Council passed a resolution which acknowledges the completion of work at Veterans Park, Schanck Street. Improvements at the park included playground equipment, an activity trail, upgraded lighting and making the park more user-friendly, according to borough officials.

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The concept for the park’s redevelopment came from the Freehold Borough Youth Government Council and was the first project proposed by the young adults who comprise the group. The Youth Government Council offers students in seventh through 12th grade a chance to learn about all levels of government and to participate at the local level.

As previously reported, the project at Veterans Park began to take shape in 2012.

In 2013, Freehold Borough entered into a municipal open space grant agreement with Monmouth County that provided the borough with $135,000 for the improvements. According to the resolution, all of the conditions associated with the grant agreement have been satisfied by the borough. The remaining costs were covered by borough funds.

While the costs of the project were accounted for, physical work did not begin immediately because municipal officials had to obtain certain approvals from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. A $304,950 contract for the improvements was eventually awarded to Down to Earth Landscaping in 2017.

Officials said a resolution which states the project has been completed is required by the Monmouth County Park System. The resolution also states that final payment to Down to Earth Landscaping was made earlier in the year.

In other business, the council authorized the purchase and installation of fire radio communication equipment at a maximum cost of $70,582. The contract was awarded to M&W Communications Inc., Flemington.

And, council members authorized an application for the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Funds will be sought to educate and engage residents, local government and law enforcement officials, schools, nonprofit organizations, the faith community, parents, youths and more in efforts to prevent alcoholism and drug abuse in communities throughout New Jersey, according to a resolution.

Borough officials are seeking a $10,518 grant from the state to help fund the Freehold Municipal Alliance, which serves Freehold Borough and Freehold Township, for fiscal year 2021. According to the resolution, the total intended budget for the alliance is $37,490.

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