Dairy Street Pavilion Eyed
The borough is seeking a grant from the county Open Space, Recreation, Farm Land and Historic Trust fund to build a pavilion at the Dairy Street Playground. If approved, the pavilion would be used to provide shade and shelter from rain for people at sporting events, the playground and summer camp. Additionally, residents or groups could reserve the pavilion for events through the Rec Department.
The pavilion would be similar to the one erected at Wortendyke Park and located between the storage shed near the bleachers at Vander Meer Field and the playground area. Borough Administrator Adeline Hanna stated DPW workers measured the area and no trees would need to be removed.
If approved, this would be the second phase of improvements to the play area. In June, the council announced it was awarded a $75,000 matching grant to upgrade the playground equipment at the park. While the exact plans for the playground have not yet been finalized, the upgrades will ensure the park is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Currently the park has one swing for disabled children, but no other wheel chair-accessible play equipment.
The Bergen County Open Space, Recreation, Farm Land and Historic Trust Fund provides matching grants to local communities for open space acquisition and recreation development, as well as historical preservation and farmland protection. The grants are matched dollar for dollar by the municipal Open Space Trust Fund, a voter-approved tax levy that allocates 1 cent of every $100 of of assessed property value each year. The funds can only be used for open space and green acres programs. Midland Park has a remaining balance of $307,421 and generates approximately $80,000 a year through the Open Space Tax.