Funding Will Add ADA-Compliant Parking and Accessibility for Clark and Gardner Fields
Hackensack, N.J. – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco and the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders have announced that more than $50,000 in grant funding has been approved for the Township of Washington after adoption by the Freeholders at their meeting held on March 28. The source of funds are Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which is administered by the Bergen County Division on Community Development.
Under the grant, the Township of Washington will receive a $51,750 community development grant to improve access for people with disabilities to both Clark Field, located on Cleveland Avenue, and Gardner Field, on Harrison Street in the western part of the borough. At both locations, existing gravel/stone parking lots and adjacent pathways will be replaced with asphalt, allowing ADA accessibility and connection to other ADA-compliant facilities within the parks.
“I’m pleased and proud that municipalities and county officials continue to work hand-in-hand to identify and procure funding for projects like this one,” said Freeholder Chairman Tom Sullivan. “It’s long been our mission to increase access to public spaces throughout the county, and I’m sure Bergen County residents will greatly benefit from these exciting enhancements.”
“The upgrades at Clark and Gardner Fields in Washington Township will help our children, local residents and people with disabilities enjoy these parks even more now,” said County Executive Tedesco. “Bergen County is always looking for ways to help municipalities improve their infrastructure for the benefit of our communities. These community development funds will go a long way toward helping all residents enjoy their parks and improve their quality of life.”The Bergen County Division of Community Development’s mission is to collaborate with towns, agencies, and citizens to improve Bergen County’s quality of life by using federal grant funding to advance key initiatives that revitalize neighborhood roads and facilities, build local economies, bolster social services, upgrade housing, and create access and opportunity for those in need.