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Improvements Coming For Long Branch Park

LONG BRANCH: One of the city's parks could be getting some improvements in the near future.

The improvements would be made to Manahassett Creek Park, located on Long Branch Avenue, through the State of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection's Green Acres Program.

Long Branch Office of Community and Economic Development Director Jacob Jones said some of the improvements include creating a buffer on the northern boundary with row hedges, redefining the pedestrian paths and shoring up the interior and exterior fencing with better materials and adding gates.

Jones said the park's playground surface and work stations will also be upgraded.

These repairs and additions, known as phase 3 improvements, would be made through a grant and loan funded by Green Acres at $312,400 each. Long Branch Finance Director Michael Martin said the city would have to introduce an ordinance to help apply for the funding.

"The way the Green Acres funding works is they give you half in a grant and half in a loan, so the ordinance is strictly to fund the grant portion," Martin said.

The park, which was opened in 2009, has soccer fields, softball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, a baseball field and a football field. It is used by the city's Pop Warner and Long Branch Little League teams throughout the year.

None of those activities would be impacted by any of the improvements, which would take 6-12 to complete once the funding is secured.


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