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Newark’s Riverfront Park Makes A Splash

Essex County Riverfront Park debuted in Newark, N.J., with a number of new amenities that make the 12-acre greenway more user-friendly and attractive. Built on a former brownfield, the new recreational areas are ideal for families, joggers, and local soccer and baseball teams.

With $9 million in grant funding to purchase the land on the Passaic River, construction began in late summer 2011. Today, the city has a popular riverwalk designed by Lee Weintraub Landscape Architecture as well as new synthetic-turf fields, tennis and basketball courts, a passive meadow, two playground areas and small parking area.

Two new buildings were added to serve as a maintenance shed and to house wastewater treatment and dugout facilities. A new concession and restroom structure—marked by brick- and clapboard-look finishes and a standing-seam metal roof—is a modular precast system produced by Easi-Set Buildings and Oldcastle Precast. The maintenance shed is also an Easi-Set building.

The new park project was a neighborhood collaboration, with a project team led by the city, county, and the Trust for Public Land, and including input from the Newark Planning Office and the Ironbound Community Corporation.



Floating Maintenance Feasibility For Aquatics

Regarding “Aquatic Maintenance Is ‘Serious’ Fun (PRB April 2103), it is important that we remember that there is a big difference between aquatic professionals and maintenance workers. We don’t expect people who are maintenance workers to be aquatic professionals, so why should we expect aquatic professionals to do maintenance work?

There are two possibilities:

1. Have floating maintenance people for aquatic facilities. Their work schedule could begin when the aquatic facility closes for the day and end before the pool opens for the day.

2. The aquatic facility hires as many maintenance people as needed for the required number of hours to get the required work done.

Aquatic professionals have special training and certifications in the specific area of aquatics where they work. They should not also be maintenance workers.

John R. Spannuth


United States Water Fitness Association


Pre-Fab Turf Literature Available

A new tech bulletin entitled “Pre-fabrication of Synthetic Turf Logos, Inserts, Floor Mats and Athletic Fields” is available for free from Synthetic Surfaces Inc. It stresses how speed of assembly, packaging and shipping are essential for pre-fabrication profits, and how to achieve it. Tech Bulletin #557 is available at (908) 233-6803; fax (908), or via email


El Paso Adds ENERGI To Veteran’s Park

Playworld Systems announced its ENERGI Total Fitness System is installed at Veteran’s Park in El Paso, Texas.

The new equipment is part of an effort by the city to make exercise more appealing for people of all ages and abilities. ENERGI includes five stations, which feature three different skill levels, offering a total of 120 exercises. Users are guided through exercises with step-by-step instructions making it easy to build a 15- to 60-minute workout routine.





7-9 Northern New England Recreation & Parks Conference, Bartlett, N.H—Attitash Summit Hotel;

13-16 Mid America Pool & Spa Show, Schaumburg, Ill.—Schaumburg Convention Center;

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