Roselle received the highest level of funding for this award.
Roselle residents seeking open space will soon have options that include a basketball court and a splash park for children.
The Union County borough received an $850,000 grant from the state Green Acres program to renovate three parks. The award also includes a no-interest loan of $50,000, with a 20-year payback plan.
The Pine Street Park, a bit over an acre at West Second Avenue and Pine Street, is scheduled to have its tennis courts turned into a splash park for children and to receive renovated bathrooms and new playground equipment accessible to children with disabilities.
The Chandler Avenue Park, which is just over a third of an acre between Jouet Street and Ninth Avenue, will have a new basketball court, playground equipment and fencing. The renovated park will also feature overhauled landscaping, including enhanced grading and drainage improvements.
As the smallest, Dr. Charles C. Polk Park, a 0.20-acre “pocket park” at Chestnut Street and Sixth Avenue, will have a lot of smaller-scale work done. Improvements will include new seating, landscaping, sidewalks and checkerboard tables, as well as the removal of deteriorating planter boxes.