A small neighborhood park in Bayonne could soon undergo substantial changes.
Francis G. Fitzpatrick Park, which is located along Avenue C between West 26th and West 27th Streets in the Hudson County city, is the focus of a new stormwater management and park restoration project. City officials are planning to conduct a public hearing on Monday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m. in order to discuss the $1.62 million project, the purpose of which is to “reduce the frequency of sanitary sewer backups and to update an outdated park and construct an ADA compliant playground,” according to a public notice that was issued last month.
The notice mentioned that upgrades to the park itself are expected to include the construction of a new splash park area, a roller hockey rink, a basketball court, a patio area with picnic tables and game tables, a bike rack, and drinking fountains for people and pets. There are also plans for new playgrounds for both younger and older children along with “lighting and landscaping improvements.” A small building that stands on the property is slated to be torn down.
The park currently includes two playgrounds, a spray area, and swings. It is the home of the weekly Bayonne Farmers’ Market.
Meanwhile, the other part of the proposal calls for building a new stormwater collection system. The City of Bayonne has filed an application with the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program in order to receive funding for the project, according to the notice.
Fitzpatrick Park is not the only recreation area in Bayonne where changes are in store. Several blocks west at Veterans Park, bids are being accepted in connection with the Newark Bay Waterfront Access Project. A legal notice shows that as part of this project, a new stone revetment, concrete retaining wall, and concrete walkway will be installed, along with “ornamental street furniture.”
Note to readers: The dates of public hearings in Bayonne and other municipalities are subject to change.