Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 7, 2019

Freeholders to cut ribbon on New Playground at Conant Park in Hillside

Ribbon cutting to be held on Saturday, May 18th, 11 a.m.

Hillside, NJ—The Union County Freeholder Board will cut the ribbon on a new, expanded playground at Conant Park in Hillside on Saturday, May 18th at 11 a.m.

“Every child should be able to enjoy a playground in or near their neighborhood, and participate in enriching experiences with friends, family and neighbors from all walks of life,” said Freeholder Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski. “The Freeholder Board continues to make investments in all areas of our parks system—including Conant Park–that are improving our County’s quality of life and promoting healthy, outdoor activities for our families.”

Freeholder Angela Garretson, former Mayor and resident of Hillside, said:

“Conant Park is one of the true gems of the County Parks system, and we are pleased to cut the ribbon on this playground that will serve generations of our children. The Freeholder Board remains committed to providing increased recreational opportunities for all, and I am proud to make this vision a reality in my hometown.”

The playground which replaces an older antiquated one, offers a fully-accessible, boundless play space for children of all abilities, and ages. The surface is soft and rubber bonded.

There are approximately seven slides, ADA ramps and decks featuring spiral stairs, therapeutic rings, chamber archways, suspension bridges, Zero G accessible swings (2-5 year olds, and 5-12 year olds), and belt swings, plastic bongo drums, climbing stations and ropes.

The Marturano Recreation Company of Spring Lake built the playground, which was installed by Whirl Construction of Port Monmouth.

This playground was destroyed last year almost immediately after its construction, during a late winter storm, and had to replaced, following payments by insurance.

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