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Tinton Falls officials authorize upgrades to borough’s playgrounds

TINTON FALLS – Playground improvements totaling $338,940 have been authorized by the Tinton Falls Borough Council.

During a meeting on Sept. 21, council members passed a resolution which authorizes the purchase of rubber safety surfaces from Rubberecycle, Lakewood. The rubber safety surfaces, which are manufactured by PlaySafer, were purchased at a cost of $173,679, according to the resolution.

The rubber safety surfaces will improve Liberty Park, West Park Avenue ($37,395); Riverdale West Park, Riverdale Avenue West ($56,508); and the Sycamore Recreation Complex, Sycamore Avenue ($79,776).

And, the council members passed a resolution which authorizes the purchase of park and playground equipment from MRC (Marturano Recreation Co.), Sea Girt, for improvements at Liberty Park and at Riverdale West Park.

According to the resolution, the equipment cost $165,261. The equipment consists of a Monolith playground set, a Puzzle Piece playground set and an Arch Swing, all manufactured by GameTime.

Municipal officials said the purchase of the playground equipment will be funded with an appropriation from the borough’s open space fund.

Regarding the cost of the rubber safety surfaces to be installed at three locations, an appropriation of $133,679 will come from the Tinton Falls open space fund and an appropriation for the remaining $40,000 will come from a borough ordinance.

In 2020, council members adopted a bond ordinance that appropriated $3.73 million toward the development of Traditions Park, which is between Wardell and Shafto roads, near the Foxchase residential development, and for improvements to the Sycamore Recreational Complex, Hockhockson Park, Riverdale West Park and Liberty Park.

Earlier in September, council members supplemented the 2020 bond ordinance with a new bond ordinance that increased the overall appropriation to $4.13 million and the issuance of bonds and notes to $2.72 million.

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