On Thursday, November 2, Mayor John G. Ducey, Township Council members and community members cut the ribbon to the renovated Hank Waltonowski Park and officially opened the park to the public. It was the fifth park improvement project completed during Mayor Ducey’s term.
“One of my favorite things about being Mayor is being able to make a positive impact on our community by improving public areas and parks. These improved parks make such a difference in their neighborhoods,” said Mayor Ducey. “When you can take a park that has been ignored for decades and create a safe, modern and beautiful park and playground, it changes the entire neighborhood. You can see it on the faces of the people enjoying the new parks. We have seen it repeatedly over the past four years and we are happy that we are finally able to open the renovated Hank Waltonowski Park.”
The Hank Waltonowski Park is located on Ashwood Road in the Birchwood Park residential development. The improved park includes two (2) basketball courts, a playground for ages 2-5, a playground for ages 5-12, a softball/baseball field, a gazebo and a walking trail. The park also has landscaping, benches, a retention basin and a bicycle rack. The entire park is ADA-compliant.
The cost of the renovation is $1,228,513. The winning bid was submitted by Precise Construction of Freehold. Precise Construction previously completed the Herberstville and Angela Hibbard Park renovations. CME Associates designed the park and are serving as the consulting engineers on the project. The Township has applied for Green Acres funding to offset the cost of this and other park projects.
The park was named in memory of Hank Waltonowski, a Brick Township Public Works employee who was killed in a work accident in 1996.
The next park scheduled to be improved is the Bernard J. Cooke Park in the Parkway Pines residential area. The renovation of Bayside and Cedar Bridge Manor parks are expected to follow. Previous renovation projects during Mayor Ducey’s term include the Windward Beach playgrounds, Herbertsville Park (formerly Colorado Park), Lake Riviera Park and Angela Hibbard Park.