Lacey Township, New Jersey Develops Park Renovation Plan

Officials are finalizing plans to rebuild Bayfront Park, nearly four years after it was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

The park, located on Barnegat Bay near the eastern end of Beach Boulevard, suffered heavy damage in the storm. At its September 8 meeting, township committee approved a $281,110 contract to buy new equipment for the park. The renovations are being funded through a $1.4 million grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

“We have, in place, a beautiful plan to rebuild this peaceful spot,” said township Committeeman Nicholas Juliano. As it stands now, the park has a parking area and several benches and walkway.

Current plans call for two playground areas – one for children ages two through five, and another for children ages six through 12 – that will include both traditional play equipment as well as exercise-themed equipment similar to what the township has installed at Gille Park.

The renovated park will also feature a gazebo that will measure 32 feet in diameter, which will be linked to an observation deck at the “point” of the park, for an up-close view of activity on the bay. A new walking path will begin at the park’s main entrance and run the entire length of its south border.

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