Township of Brick was presented the Excellence in Design Award for Bayside Park in Multi Use Facility at the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA) Annual Awards Ceremony at the Summit Family Aquatic Center in Summit, NJ.  Mayor John G. Ducey was present on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 to accept this award.

The Excellence in Design Awards are presented to completed Recreation and Park facilities intended for public use.  Selections are made based on evidence of elements of aesthetic quality, uniqueness of design, usability and versatility and compliance with the New Jersey Barrier Free Recreation Sub-Code and applicable U.S.  Consumer Product Safety Commission Guidelines.

Bayside Park is located on the Barnegat Bay. In 2012, Bayside Park experienced extensive damage from Super Storm Sandy. Following Sandy, it was used as a staging and recovery area for beach replenishment projects. This delayed the project a few years. Once the project was finally underway, it was further delayed by the COVID 19 pandemic as the shipping of equipment needed for the work was delayed and piecemealed instead of all arriving at once. The pandemic created the need to careful project oversight and inventory management to make sure that it went over flawlessly. The renovation of Bayside Park, which was funded through the Township’s Capital Improvement Program, in and of itself is incredibly unique as it is one of the only municipally owned parks at the Jersey shore to have a park setting on the water.

Upon its completion, the long-anticipated renovation of Bayside Park has been well-received by the community and allowed it to be restored to its pre-Sandy glory. Bayside Park now offers a variety of recreational opportunities that appeal to all ages such as playgrounds, bait stations, cornhole games and more. It also offers a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the sights of the Jersey Shore.

The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting parks and recreation; enhancing the professional development of its members; advocating sound policy and stewardship related to parks, recreation, resource management, and leisure services; and increasing awareness of the value of play and preservation of the environment to interested citizens and the public.

The purpose of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association’s Awards Program is to honor and identify dedicated leaders, employees, and volunteers in the field of Parks and Recreation, and to recognize the State’s outstanding Recreation and Park agencies for excellence in programming, publicity and facility design. The goal of the Awards Program is to focus State attention on the achievement of Park and Recreation agencies, to recognize the continuing efforts of staff and volunteers, and to acknowledge support extended by member agencies.