Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Vice Chairman Alexander Mirabella and Freeholders Sergio Granados, Christopher Hudak, Angela R. Garretson, Rebecca Williams, Andrea Staten and Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded joined State Senator Nicholas Scutari, Clerk of the Freeholder Board James Pellettiere, Linden Mayor Derek Armstead, Linden Council President Michele Yamakaitis, Linden Council members John Roman, Lisa Ormon and Barry Javick in cutting the ribbon officially opening the Wheeler Park Spray Park—the largest of its kind in the Union County system—in Linden.
The spray park replaces the former pool, which had been built in 1931 and witnessed a physical decline over the past two decades.
The spray park encompasses 11,000 square feet of the total 49,000 square foot area, and also contains picnic tables, ample space for lounging, gazebos for shade, artificial turf areas, and plenty of free-play space.
A new 24,000 square foot building, which replaces the old Wheeler Pool building, contains lockers, bathrooms, changing space, vending machines and mechanical and electrical facilities.
Wheeler Park is located at Route 1 and 9 between South Wood Avenue and South Stiles Street. Parking for the spray park is off W. Stimpson Avenue. Hours for the spray park are: Monday-Friday: 12-6 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, holidays 11a.m.-7 p.m.