With half of our town located in the protected Pinelands region, nearly all of the potential land that could be developed had been built out. When we had the opportunity to permanently protect the largest remaining piece of open space, the 176-acre property owned by the Garden State Beagle Club, we went to work. Now the property is saved, in large part funded by open space and grant funding, and we are planning out what will be Evesham’s newest and largest park based on your feedback.
We utilized grant funding to upgrade and improve multiple neighborhood playgrounds and tot-lots, some that had fallen into serious disrepair before we took office. Future improvements and maintenance have been planned out thanks to the creation of a Park Inventory and Assessment Report that identified all of our township parks, their deficiencies, recommended solutions, and cost estimates for five years into the future. This report and our Township was recognized with an award by the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers for the work it represented and how it will “guide Evesham Township in capital budgeting and long-term planning for our municipal park system.”
Making sure our children and residents have great recreational facilities is important to us. That is why we worked quickly to fix the M1 Field at Memorial Park, place new decking at the outdoor hockey rink, and made upgrades and repairs to the netting and infields of the Diamonds at Arrowhead Park. And we restored the booster marketing sales in order to generate more revenue in partnership with the Marlton Recreation Council. These early and urgent repairs helped us realize that there was no long-term maintenance plan put in place from the prior administration to fund improvements and replacement of fields and other facilities, leading to the creation of our Park Inventory and Assessment Report.
We also found grant funds to support the Friends of the Black Run Preserve with disability and parking improvements, and continue to invest in improvements at the Black Run Preserve.
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