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Long Branch Gets $1.5 Million To Repair Sandy-Damaged Parks

LONG BRANCH: Two of Long Branch’s parks that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy will get repairs courtesy of FEMA funding.

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced this week that Long Branch will be receiving more than $1.5 million in federal funding to repair Manahassett Park and Jackson Woods Park. 

The repairs for Manahassett Creek Park will include replacing fences,removing and replacing 36,347 square yards of synthetic Field Turf at the soccer and baseball fields, replacing 1,500 square feet of artificial turf at the putting green and replacing 245 square yards of wood mulch at the playground.

The waters of Manahassett Creek severely flooded the park, located at 536 Long Branch Ave., during Hurricane Sandy and made several of the fields unusable for youth recreational sports.

Long Branch Police Sgt. Charles Shirley said the city has contacted their vendor to make some repairs at the park and will go out to bid for others at the request of the Department of Environmental Protection.

The funding will also cover repairs to Jackson Woods Park, located on Ocean Boulevard in North Long Branch. The repairs will include placing 58 cubic yards of crushed stone in the parking lot and replacing fences and gates.

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