FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 19, 2019
GOFFLE BROOK PARK IMPROVEMENTS SET TO BEGIN
With the award of a new contract, major improvements in the Diamond Bridge Avenue area will be under construction by fall.
Hawthorne, NJ – On August 6, 2019, bids were opened by the County of Passaic for the Goffle Brook Park Improvements project, to renovate the Diamond Bridge Avenue area of the park.
“Our investments in Goffle Brook Park represent the Freeholders’ continuing commitment to preserve history while providing new and improved recreational opportunities for Passaic County families,” Freeholder Director John W. Bartlett said.
The project, approved by the Freeholders on August 13, includes the following improvements:
- Renovations to the bathroom facility
- Addition of five benches and picnic tables
- Replacement of the existing basketball court
- Extension of Diamond Bridge Avenue parking lot
- Extending the asphalt walkway from the parking lot to the dog park
- Replacement of existing playground equipment with a larger facility
“To date, there are improvement projects either under design or construction in every park and historic site in the Passaic County Park System,” stated Deputy Freeholder Director Lazzara. “Vibrant parks with space for recreation raise property values and make Passaic County a more attractive place to live, work, and raise a family. This Board is investing millions of dollars in park improvements, while continuing to hold the line on taxes.”
Goffle Brook Park is situated in the heart of Hawthorne, NJ. The 103-acre public park features manicured landscapes, paved walkways, picnic area, athletic fields, playgrounds, a picturesque duck pond, and dog run. The project represents the County’s second major investment in Goffle Brook Park in a decade.
In 2012, the County initiated a project, which was completed shortly thereafter, to make improvements to the park that included restoring plantings to the original Olmsted Brothers design (ca. 1900), shoring up the brook’s shoreline, and implementing stabilization methods and landscaping throughout the park for beautification. In 2018, the County opened a new turf multi-sport athletic field at the southern end of the park, and in 2019 it launched the Passaic County Arts Center in the historic and newly-restored John W. Rea House.
For the latest improvements, four bids were received, with Thomas & Sons being the lowest at $847,340. The Passaic County Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund will provide $650,000 in funding, with the remaining amount coming from the 2019 Passaic County Capital Budget. Construction is scheduled to begin in early September.
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