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Battered Berkeley Island County Park Needs $3 Million to $5 Million In Repairs, Freeholder Says

Park off Brennan Concourse will remain closed for an indefinite period, Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr. says

 

Berkeley Island County Park was already battered by time and tides and in need of "loving care" before Superstorm Sandy hit on Oct. 29.

But now the park will need more than that. Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr. estimates it will take between $3 million to $5 million to rebuild the park off Brennan Concourse in Bayville that juts out into Barnegat Bay.

The 30-year-old park was inundated by flood waters, which destroyed the bathrooms, "totally" knocked out the fishing pier dock and severely eroded the roadway in the parking lot on both sides, Bartlett said.

"It did a job on it," said Bartlett, who has been liaison to the county Parks and Recreation department for three decades. "The whole park needs to be rebuilt."

County officials had already planned renovations to the park before Sandy struck. The 30-year-old facility was badly in need of an upgrade, but Sandy made things worse, much worse, Bartlett said.

"It's a shambles," he said during a break in the Ocean County Board of Freeholders caucus meeting last week.

The park has been closed since Sandy hit and will probably remain so for some time. County officials may be able to regrade portions of the roadway to open Berkeley Island for strictly passive activity, but there will be no restrooms available for some time.

"We are kind of putting it on hold," he said.

Park employees were already concerned about erosion along Cedar Creek on the south side of the park before Sandy hit. Now, Bartlett estimates that between 10 to 15 feet of roadway on each side of the parking lot is gone.

"It (the park) was certainly tired and needed redeveloping," he said. "We had gone out for RFPs (requests for proposals). But after the storm hit, we pulled that back. It needs to be rebuilt."

"It will be rebuilt," Bartlett added. "It will be first on the list."

 

Marina February 04, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Moorage Field, Cedar Creek Golf Course (Berkeley) and several smaller parks in Bayville (TOWN PARKS) Berkeley Island (COUNTY PARK) 2 different budgets, 2 different entities. The county has no business fixing a town park. NOR would I want my tax dollars to fix YOUR park. You should be bringing this to the attention of your town elected officials.
Penny Wise February 04, 2013 at 04:39 PM
5 million dollars is way too much money to give some politically connected contractor for that scuzzy little park. Tear down all the "amenities" including pier, bathrooms, play equipment and the ancient picnic cover and let it become a nature park. Are we afraid that if these accommodations are not provided ...some government teat sucking loser will sue ?
Peter M. Clausen III February 05, 2013 at 04:22 AM
now you see how your elected officials are representing you and spending your money. just don't forget it next time you vote! Berkeley Township sold that park to the county for $1. what about the AT&T property at Good Luck point? who owns that now? Follow the money trail. it will always lead to somebodies pocket.
Joyce Twerdak March 20, 2013 at 09:52 AM
Guess after reading the comments i'll have to find another avenue to walk and clear things in my mind. Sad part about this is it may have not been much but just seeing a mix of elders walking, babies being pushed in carriages, young and old alike crabbing and fishing brought you back to a simpler time in life. Passing people on the walkway and actually saying "good morning" and meaning it. Sitting on the bench and looking across the bay at the now defunct ferris wheel. Just because it didn[t supply food stands and $5.00 rides for the kiddies didnt mean you couldn't have a nice time. Families came for an outing and this was a serene place to do this. Rode up to it just this past week and sadly it was still fenced. Will always remember the times my husband and I could just enjoy...going for a simple walk. Shame if you don't fix it...there are far too many places just being droppedby the wayside. Maybe for some this place was not the "in"place to go but to others it provided an escape....a "simple" yet enjoyable escape.
Julissa Campos May 17, 2013 at 03:34 AM
I really hope this is getting fixed once I found this I fell in love quiet and an escape. My daughter loved how she could go crabbing and play in the swings. I thought it was a great park. I hope and pray it's being fixed. This was our new past time spot to relax.

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