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Long Branch Applies For Funding For $1.5 Million Park Improvement

LONG BRANCH: The city is hoping to receive funding to rehab one of its parks.

City Engineer Gerald Freda said during a public hearing on Feb. 14 that the city is applying for a Green Acres grant for Branchport Park, which is located at the corner of Atlantic and Branchport Avenue and fronts Branchport Creek.

"Those funds will be utilized to replace the bulkhead which is in dire need and also widen and make the boat ramp safer," Freda said. "It could also include floating docks and things of that nature to make the launching and docking of boats a little easier for people that are out there."

Freda said the improvements would cost $1.5 million, but the city would only apply for half that amount so that the project could be done in phases. The $750,000 would require a 25 percent match by the city if it is successful in acquiring the grant.

Freda said he hoped the first round of funding would cover the cost of the boat ramp and the beginning of the bulkhead replacement. The bulkhead would be the same level as the original one and would be installed on the river side and capped so that the old one would no longer be visible.

Resident Vincent LePore said he has requested that the DEP extend the public comment period for the project because he still has unanswered questions concerning the funding.

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