New Facilities Coming to A. Paul King Park

Also in Stafford: Sustainability Initiative, Sinkhole Repair
By Victoria Ford | Sep 11, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Stafford Township — This fall, A. Paul King County Park on West Bay Avenue in Manahawkin will have new restrooms, a new picnic pavilion that can accommodate up to 100 people, a new grill, sidewalks and such ADA-compliant upgrades as parking spaces and ramps. The result of these improvements will be a better recreational experience for the public.

The restroom building was delivered to the site last week, according to Stafford Councilman Thomas Steadman.

“This is a great little park that offers a swimming beach in the warm weather,” noted Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia Haines, chair of parks and recreation. “The new picnic pavilion adds an opportunity for hosting family gatherings or simply an area to read a book out of the sun,” Haines said.

A. Paul King County Park is one of 27 parks funded and operated by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

While the swimming beach was open to the public throughout the summer, the park’s picnic area and restroom facilities had been closed for renovations. The prime contractor for the job is Axios Inc. of Northfield, and the building manufacturer is CXT Precast Products from Hillsboro, Texas. Maser Consulting of Red Bank is the design engineer.

Haines noted the new bathroom facilities are precast and were delivered similarly to modular home sections.

“This moves the project along quicker, and we are not fighting the weather or the elements since the amount of time is shortened,” she said.

Stafford Striving

For Sustainability

In its endeavor to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification, Stafford Township has joined the Ocean County Sustainability Hub, Councilman George Williams announced. An intern from Stockton University will assist the town in the certification process, he added.

“This is a great first step for the town,” he said.

Also members of the hub are Barnegat, Beach Haven, Brick, Island Heights, Lacey, Long Beach Township, Mantoloking, Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside Park, Toms River, Tuckerton and Waretown.

The hub will meet on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the Save Barnegat Bay offices in Toms River. It’s the third official meeting of the hub, which is made up of towns from Ocean County that have green teams or are developing teams in their municipalities.

Stay tuned for the date and time of the November hub meeting, to be held in Stafford.

“The plan is to meet every other month,” according to Stafford Green Teamer Barbara Reynolds. Reynolds organizes bi-monthly “Green Drinks” gatherings (the drinks aren’t green, only the topics of conversation) that alternate with the hub meetings.

The regional hubs are comprised of municipal and schools green team and environmental commission members, municipal and county representatives, and business, community and nonprofit leaders. Each hub is structured differently and focuses on topics specific to the needs of its region.

Benefits to participants include peer-to-peer mentoring, speaker events, training on issues, updates on Sustainable Jersey municipal and school program actions, social and networking opportunities with other sustainability-minded people, project collaboration and capacity building, an online communications platform, technical assistance and administrative support.

“In keeping towns connected to each other, green teams gain the opportunity to learn what has been successful elsewhere in the state and partner on projects with neighboring towns and schools in order to boost limited resources,” according to Sustainable Jersey. Regional hubs have formed across New Jersey.

In other news, a sinkhole that occurred in Ocean Acres last week has been repaired, Councilman Pfancook reported. It happened near the intersection of Nautilus Drive and Mizzen Avenue. A public works crew had the hole filled and fixed within two hours of receiving the call, Pfancook said, but a severe rainstorm the following day washed away the work they had done, so they had to repair it again. The spot has now been repaved.

“I can’t say enough about our DPW,” he said. “They’re right on top of things.”

— Victoria Ford

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