ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal announce the completion of efforts to refurbish Mattano Park in the City of Elizabeth.
“Union County’s parks are a great benefit to our residents and it is wonderful to see the improvements made at Mattano Park,” said Freeholder Angel G. Estrada. “The community makes good use of this park throughout the seasons and it is an important place for people of all ages to enjoy outdoor sports and other recreational and social activities.”
The projects recently undertaken in Mattano Park included demolition of the old restroom facilities and removal of asbestos, construction of new public restrooms, and installation of bleachers at three athletic fields that are used for soccer, baseball and softball. Paths in the park were paved and a sidewalk was built along South Fifth Street. A new picnic area was created, which includes new grills and benches, and an all-in-one par course exercise area was completed. Improvements were made to the basketball courts, and new field lights and security cameras were installed.
The Mattano Park improvements were made possible by federal funding of nearly $440,000 to low and moderate-income areas through Community Development Block Grants.
Mattano Park is at the southern end of the Elizabeth River Parkway, a series of riverside parks that stretches through Elizabeth, Hillside and Union. Most of Mattano Park is bordered by South Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue in Elizabeth.
For further information about Union County’s parks and recreational activities, visit the Union County website: www.ucnj.org.