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New Long Branch Park Planned

A new shade tree park could be built at the triangle at the intersection of Florence and MacArthur Avenue.

LONG BRANCH: A new park could be in the works for the northern area of the city.

The city will be applying for a Monmouth County open space grant to create a park at the triangle at the intersection of Florence and MacArthur Avenue.

Robert Goodman, Assistant Director at the Long Branch Office of Community and Economic Development said the city has successfully applied for Monmouth County open space grants in the past and this project fits best with the criteria needed to awarded the grant.

It would be a shade tree park concept with trees planted along the boundary of the triangle. Goodman said the city could also put in a hardscape and possibly a gazebo near the center of the triangle.

The plan needs to be refined before the city applies to the county on Sept. 20 and the hard engineering costs are not covered by the grant. Goodman said the engineering firm of DW Smith will complete that work for $10,540.

The city could be awarded as much as $250,000 from the county for the creation of the park.

"It might make a nice pocket park and it seems to fall into what (the county is) looking for," Long Branch Business Administrator Kevin Hayes said.

Goodman said the city will find out if will be receiving the grant by end of November.


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