PLAINFIELD – New sports fields are coming to Cedar Brook Park.
The Union of Chosen Freeholders County Board of Directors on Thursday joined Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp and members of the City Council and Education Council to inaugurate two new turf fields at Cedar Brook Park.
The fields, which replace the existing turf sports fields, are expected to be completed by next summer.
“Cedar Brook Park is one of the most popular parks in the county system, and it was designed for both recreational use and aesthetic beauty,” said Bruce Bergen, president of Freeholder. “We look forward to providing improved recreational facilities in the park for our youth. “
Freeholder Linda Carter, a Plainfield resident and a member of the Freeholder Board’s Parks Standing Committee, said: “Our recreation facilities continue to be in high demand and the new turf will help ensure these fields recover from the use and inclement weather. and offer more possibilities of use. Over the past decade, we have continued to make improvements at Cedar Brook, which has elevated its reputation as a premier park and recreational destination.
Mapp called Cedar Brook Park one of Plainfield’s “great attractions” and added that the city “looks forward to upgrades and land improvements that will increase recreational opportunities for our young and active seniors. “.
Other attendees included Plainfield City Council President Rebeccca Williams, Council Vice President Barry Goode, Council Members Joylette Mills-Ransome, Bridget Rivers and Charles McCrae, and Council Member Carmencita Pile ‘education.
Assembly member Jerry Green, whose district includes Plainfield and other parts of Union County, was also involved in the planning process.
“Cedar Brook attracts visitors from Plainfield and beyond, and these important new enhancements will allow more people to come and enjoy this valuable public asset,” said Green.
Work is scheduled to begin on the grounds in November and the project will include lighting, sidewalks, small bleachers, team benches and 18 additional parking spaces. A field will be multipurpose for soccer, football and lacrosse; the other will be a “junior” football field.
The project, which is funded by the county, will cost $ 1.7 million and was designed by Maser Consulting of Red Bank. The contractor is the Abraham Construction Company of West Orange.
In recent years, the county has made a series of improvements to Cedar Brook Park, which contains attractions such as its tennis courts and Shakespeare Gardens, which have also received recent improvements. The park also saw the installation of a new spray park, a playground, restrooms and a new hangar for the cricket ground.
Over the next year, the county also plans to install a disabled-accessible fishing pier at the pond and make passive upgrades with a walking trail and benches to the Stelle Avenue branch. of the park.
Cedar Brook Park was developed in 1925 by the Union County Park Commission and was designed by the Olmsted Brothers, the famous engineering company who designed a series of historic parks in urban areas. Their list of projects includes Central Park in New York City and five others in the Union County park system: Wheeler Park, Warinanco Park, Echo Lake Park, Green Brook Park and the Watchung Preserve.
Cedar Brook Park is listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places. The improvements have been designed taking into account the original design of the Olmsted brothers for the park.
The park is a popular destination in the western end of Union County and is also home to the 4th of July fireworks display and the county’s annual Blues by the Brook concert, which brought together many nationally recognized musical artists.