DESCRIPTION: Mt. Arlington’s Memorial Park was an existing passive recreation area located within the central limits of the Borough. This park was a public facility with poor parking allocation, limited pedestrian accessibility, no American Disability Act (ADA) accessibility, and the overall atmosphere of the park did not provide for a satisfying experience for park patrons. This project is a shining example of what can be accomplished through a joint public and private effort with a single unified goal of public sector enhancement.
The intent of this project was to provide the ADA, and all other pedestrian accessibility, to provide for adequate vehicular parking while at the same time providing a pleasing atmosphere to hold outdoor gatherings. Particularly, this memorial was established to facilitate events associated with honoring all service men and women including disabled veterans.
The Borough of Mount Arlington had a limited budget to make the necessary improvements. Previously, there was no parking or walkways. There was no centralized focal point, seating accommodations or lighting for evening functions.
The improvements to the park were accomplished through the generous donations of time and materials by the Borough Engineer for project design, construction management and flagpoles, which became an integral part of the project design. Cash donations provided by the Rotary Club of Lake Hopatcong, (District 7470), funded landscape improvements. Donations of labor and materials were provided by Kara Homes, Inc., a local developer. The Borough Department of Public Works also contributed labor and equipment. These combined efforts and donations reduced the Municipality’s cost to $15,000 to complete the project.
The completed park now features a memorial as the centralized focal point with a network of ADA accessible paths, benches, flags representing all branches of the United States Armed Forces, improved parking allocation and aesthetically pleasing lighting accenting the memorial that added the missing elements that the park was previously lacking.
CLIENT: Borough of Mt. Arlington
DATES OF SERVICES: 2005