Newark, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced on Monday, November 16th that the Essex County Weequahic Park with new equipment and a rubberized safety surface has been completed. The initiative to provide the safest and most modern recreation facilities for the Essex County residents.
“The playground in front of Building 92 in Weequahic Park is probably one of the most popular and heavily used re the site for recreation activities, after school enrichment, nutrition programs and more – there isn’t a time of year “Installing new equipment and a rubberized surface will ensure our facility meets current safety standards and wi to play,” he noted.
“We can’t thank the County enough for the investments they are making in Weequahic Park and throughout the today and the nearby Oval that is under construction display the County’s commitment to enhancing our residents’
“I want to thank the County for this new playground. Words can’t express how much we appreciate it,” Weequ said.Located in front of Building 92, the playground received its last facelift in 2006 when its nautical theme.
The playground has become a focal point of the park and the extensive use has resulted in wear and tear. The new playground features age-appropriate equipment for children ages 2-5 years old and 5-12 years old. F structure in which to climb, animal gures, slides and telescopes. For the older children, there is another concrete t are eight swings in the new playground, which is more than there were before. All of the playground equipment i designed to resemble a wave of water to continue the themed connection to the park lake. The spray park and have been upgraded. Additional seating for parents is located in areas around the playground. The playgrou Landscaping and irrigation around the outside of the playground has been added.
French & Perrello Associates from Wall Township received a $55,012 contract to design the new playground. Picer a publicly bid contract for $899,055 to perform the construction work. The Essex County Department of Public ensure delays were avoided. The playground was funded with grants from the NJ Green Acres Program and the Work began in August and was completed in just three months.
Revitalizing Essex County Weequahic Park
In 2012, the four entrances to Weequahic Park received a facelift with tra c islands, lighting, paving and landsc tra c safety, and the basketball courts were named in honor of the late Delano Gordon, founder of Above the League to install a new half-mile tness course with six exercise stations in 2010. Weequahic Golf Course re modernization project in each of the County’s three public golf courses and the Weequahic Bridge was reconstr eld and four basketball courts were developed as part of a $1.8 million project in 2007. Essex County welco leadership training program to Weequahic Golf Course in 2006. The First Tee constructed a state-of-the-art, thre golf course. The playgrounds at Building 92 near Meeker Street and Building 96 at the Chancellor Avenue entranc rubberized safety surfaces in 2006. The tennis courts on Elizabeth Avenue were rebuilt in 2004.
DiVincenzo has partnered with the New Jersey Green Acres program, the NJ Department of Transportation, the E and Open Space Trust Fund Advisory Board and The First Tee to secure grants to fund the improvements in Essex.
The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the  rst county park system in the United States. It has b includes 20 parks,  reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three publi three dog parks, a castle, Treetop Adventure Course and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. Weequahic Park is 311. in 1895 and is the second largest park in the Essex County System.