Trenton, NJ – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that following City Council approval, Trenton will advance three major recreation projects in the city, including renovations to 14 city basketball courts , funding for a design and engineering plan to help bring in a football field and skatepark. , and other amenities at a proposed 99-acre park near Assunpink Creek, and a much needed HVAC replacement for the Mill Hill Playhouse.
“These are just a few of the projects we have in the works, and we are happy to kick off Spring with three proposals that are helping bring sports and the arts to our residents and their children,” said Mayor Gusciora. “From new basketball courts across town to engineering designs that will help transform a brownfield site into a brand new sports complex, I look forward to celebrating the completion of these projects with City Council and the countless Trentonians who will benefit. . “
The first, Resolution 21-079, is a city-wide basketball court renovation program that will repav, recolor and rework basketball courts and install brand new back panels. These renovations will take place at Breunig Avenue Park, Cadwalader Park, Cooper Field, Edgewood Avenue Park, Franklin Park, Ike Williams Center, Jefferson Vincent Park, John Beech Playground, MLK Park, Monsignor Lipinski Park, Pat Pone Park, Sonny Vereen Park, Second Street Park and Wilkinson Place Park. The basketball court renovation project will take about two months.
Resolution 21-131 provides funding to Taylor Design Group Inc. to create architectural designs for the sections of Taylor Avenue in Amtico Square of the Assunpink Greenway Park project, which aims to transform vacant industrial properties and brownfields in the region into a new leisure area. Due to the general flooding of the site by Assunpink Creek, Taylor Design Group will also design the park to be flood resistant.
Current Assunpink Greenway Park designs for Amtico Square include many elements that have been incorporated from extensive community outreach, including a street hockey rink, futsal soccer field, and hybrid pitches that can accommodate many. other activites. A skatepark will cover about a third of the site. The park will be installed with LED lighting for adequate lighting and improved safety for park users.
“The basketball court and performance hall upgrades will be completed over the next few months,” said recreation, natural resources and culture director Maria Richardson. “And while the funding sources for the remainder of the Assunpink Gateway project are still being finalized, the resolution authorizing the architectural planning is a key first step. In the meantime, I encourage all of our residents to see the Hetzel Pool parking lot renovation, the Jackson Street Bridge rehabilitation project, and the multiple upgrades to the city’s playgrounds that are underway.
Resolution 21-132 allocates funds to remove and replace the outdated Mill Hill Playhouse HVAC system on 205 E Front St. The Playhouse HVAC system has been malfunctioning for several years, forcing the City to provide portable air conditioners to the outside the theater. to keep the building open. The new system will not only be significantly more energy efficient, but will also provide the added protection of superior filtering and UV treatment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
All three resolutions were passed on April 15, 2021. Director Richardson provided an update on dozens of projects underway across the city, including the three that were pending Council approval. The entire presentation can be seen here.
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