FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2007

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia 908-527-4419
Mary Lynn Williams 908-527-4346

 

Union County Will Begin Improvements to Sperry Park

CRANFORD, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced a major reconstruction of Sperry Park, located along the Rahway River in Cranford. The $490,000 project will include channel stabilization and bank erosion control to alleviate flooding problems.

Work on the 1.6-acre park is expected to begin Monday, October 29. Completion is expected in December.

“It is believed the current wall structure has been there for at least 75 years. It has been falling into disrepair for quite some time,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. “The reconstruction and other amenities will reduce flooding and create a park that is safe and esthetically pleasing for Cranford residents.”

The County is responding to a request by the Township of Cranford to repair the river wall. On October 29, the dam at High St. will be lowered, permitting work to be done below the Sperry Park dam. The dam at Sperry Park will then be lowered to allow work upstream from the dam to be completed.

Additional park amenities will be added at a later date. These include new benches, landscaping and the repaving of paths.

Funding for the project was a collaborative effort between the County of Union and the Township of Cranford. Union County will contribute approximately $440,000 to the project, which includes $200,000 from the Open Space Trust Fund. The Township of Cranford will make a $50,000 contribution.

MV Contracting, Inc., of Colonia will perform the construction work. Kinsey Associates is the design engineering firm.