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Posted on: September 13, 2016

GREEN ACRES GRANT HELPS FUND WEASEL BROOK PARK IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

(Passaic County, NJ) – Passaic County Freeholder Director Theodore “TJ” Best announced improvements being planned for Weasel Brook Park in Clifton. The improvements coincide with the successful grant award from NJDEP Green Acres for $309,900, which along with funds from the county’s Open Space Trust Fund will finance improvements to Weasel Brook Park.
“My colleagues and I continue our commitment to upgrading our county parks. The grant from the NJDEP allows the county to implement Phase I of the Weasel Brook Park Improvement Project while lessening the burden on taxpayers,” said Freeholder Director TJ Best. “The county park system provides local families the opportunity to get together for recreation and outdoor time.”
The Weasel Brook Park Improvements – Phase I project consists of the following items:
• Dredging of the pond
• Additional new basketball court
• Additional new tot lot (for ages 2-5) playground equipment
• ADA Compliance of existing restroom
• Conversion of ballfields into multi-use field

Weasel Brook Park is located on Westervelt Ave in Clifton, and is given its name from the brook that crosses through the entire park. In addition to the scenic qualities of Weasel Brook Park, it also features two playgrounds, fitness equipment, and a wading pool for the summer months.
Extensive use of the park as created the need for improvements and modifications. Additional playground equipment tailored for kids ages 2-5 years old will be installed, the baseball fields will be converted to multi-use fields for greater usability, and a basketball court will be installed as well. Sediment, silt, and vegetation has accumulated in the Weasel Brook pond over the years. In an effort to improve the health of pond, it will be dredged to the allowable NJDEP limits.
Competitive bids for the project were sent out and reviewed, and the lowest bidder was DTS Services, LLC for the sum of $1,195,552.31. Work on the park is scheduled to take place in September, and dredging of the pond will take place after September 15th. Next year, Phase II of the project will take place. While Phase II is still under design, the freeholders aim to fix the walkways and install lighting throughout the park. Despite the ongoing project, Weasel Brook Park will remain open to the public during construction.
“Parks and open space have significant value to residents in urban areas like Clifton,” said Freeholder Bruce James. “Weasel Brook is a popular park, it was a priority for the Freeholders to ensure the improvements would not interfere with continued use of the park.”
The Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with other dignitaries will hold a groundbreaking ceremony September 9th at 2:30pm for Phase I of the Weasel Brook Park Improvements.

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