The Mayor's Column
Veterans Park Expansion to Open Memorial Day WeekendApril 01, 2016
One of the gems of Monroe Township’s Park system is set for its grand re-opening Memorial Day weekend as work on the expansion of Veterans Park and repairs to the pads at the Spray Park nears completion.
When Phase One of the 37-acre Veterans Park on Avenue K opened in 2008, the Spray Park quickly became a hit for residents with young children and grandparents with grandchildren seeking a nice place to keep cool during the hot summer months. Phase One also included a busy playground area and an expansive walking trail around the site.
In 2013, the Township unveiled the Veterans Memorial at this location, which was completed as the Eagle Scout Project of current U.S. Marine Corps. Lance Corporal Sean Evans. The memorial is the site of the Township’s annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies.
Construction on Phase Two started in 2015, and includes two much-needed lighted multipurpose fields, expanded parking area, a cricket pitch and picnic shelter. The multipurpose fields will bring much-needed game and practice fields for soccer, lacrosse and other field sports to the north end of the Township. The lights will allow for night-time practices and games. Over the past few years, the need for a designated cricket pitch in Monroe has increased. The new pitch in Veterans Park and the current pitch adjacent to Danny Ryan Field on North State Home Road will provide the needed space for the growth of the sport in Monroe. In addition, it was already common to see residents enjoying picnics at the park, and the permanent shelter will allow for a more comfortable shaded place to enjoy an outdoor meal. Furthermore, a new spray pad surface will be installed this Spring.
Due to high use and weather conditions, the fabric tore and could no longer be repaired. Veterans Park and its expansion are fully funded by the Township Open Space Trust Fund, which was authorized by the voters. The Trust is also used to purchase land in the Township that can be used for parks, preserved farmland and green undeveloped woodlands. The expansion of Veterans Park will provide our residents with even more opportunities to enjoy a day outside with their families, friends and neighbors. For directions to the park visit www.monroerec.com/Veterans-Park/.