Plans for Sea Bright's new park on the site of the former Anchorage Apartments are in the works.
The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP's) Green Acres Program has purchased the site, located along the Shrewsbury River near the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge, and will preserve the parcel as a public waterfront park
"The land, located along Ocean Avenue north of the Sea Bright Bridge, will become state property managed in partnership with Sea Bright as a local park," according to a release from the DEP. "The property will be assigned to the Division of Parks and Forestry's Leonardo State Marina for management purposes but the daily operation of the park will be handled by the borough. Sea Bright is currently working on a park design to accommodate waterfront access and provide amenities that work best for the community."
Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said the fence around the property has been removed but that new protection will be installed soon.
"With the help from the county and public works a split rail fence there to provide a barrier to protect people from falling in the river and enclose the property," Long said.
The county will also help the borough with seeding the lot so it can at least have grass until the park is built.
The land was purchased at market value from 960 Ocean Avenue LLC, according to the DEP release. The Green Acres Program used $1.75 million of its own funding coupled with a $1.75 million National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to purchase the property.
A volunteer group of borough residents will pay the borough back the taxes it would lose by converting the apartment property to a park and also perform some landscaping services. There has been a $75,000 commitment from the private donors to offset the park construction, Mayor Dina Long has said.
Draft designs for park are completed and will include access to the river. It will reportedly be a passive park that will not have amenities such as baseball diamonds or basketball courts.