Essex County carried out a $519K facelift at the park, including the creation of several new pickleball courts.
Eric Kiefer, Patch StaffMay 31, 2019 7:00 am ET
Essex County carried out a $519K facelift at Brookdale Park, including the creation of several new pickleball courts. (Photo: Essex County)
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The first pickleball courts in the Essex County Parks System are officially live at Brookdale Park.
Last week, Essex County workers completed a $519,050 facelift at the park, which included the creation of several new pickleball courts.
Brookdale Park is bordered by Watchung Avenue, Grove Street and Bellevue Avenue. It lies within the municipalities of Montclair and Bloomfield.
According to county officials, the tennis courts were last upgraded in 2007 and were showing signs of aging after 12 years of heavy use. All the surfaces were repaved and new netting was installed. Two of the tennis courts were reconfigured to accommodate the pickleball courts, so there are now nine tennis courts and six pickleball courts. The pickleball courts are about half the size of a tennis court.
County officials stated:
“Zenith Construction Services from Orange was awarded a publicly bid contract for $519,050 to perform the construction work. The project was designed in-house by the Department of Public Works, which also monitored the project, so delays could be avoided. A grant from the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund was used to fund the upgrades. Work started in March and took about three months to complete.”
Mollie Smith, president of the Brookdale Park Conservancy, said that the group has received such tremendous support from Essex County.
“We appreciate the improvements made throughout the park,” Smith said.
Essex County Freeholder Carlos Pomares said the park is “loved and heavily used.” The improvements will be well received,” he added.
“This is an example of government at work,” Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson said. “I learned to play tennis on these courts so seeing them upgraded like this is good. Our residents will benefit greatly from the new courts and our seniors will definitely enjoy the new pickleball courts.”
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. said the creation of the pickleball courts was done at the public’s request.
“People of all ages and with diverse interests should be able to enjoy our open spaces, and the pickleball courts are a great addition,” DiVincenzo said.
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