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Reconstruction of Veterans Field - Borough of Edgewater

New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers
Honor Place - Municipal Parks / Recreation Projects

PROJECT HISTORY:
The centerpiece of the Borough's Recreation System is Veterans Field Park which is located in the Northerly Portion of the Borough along the Hudson River. In 2011, it was discovered that contaminants associated with Historic Fills in excess of NJDEP standards existed as the site and the Borough was forced to restrict access to the park.

In the spring of 2012, the Borough of Edgewater Bid and Awarded a contract to remediate and improve the park; however, in the Fall of 2013 it was discovered that additional significant contamination existed at the site and the project ground to a halt.

In October of 2014 the remediation work resumed at the site and in early 2015, the Borough Governing Body authorized Michael J. McClelland P.E., the newly appointed Municipal Engineer, to develop a design for the improvements to the 24 +/- acre park.

CLIENT REQUIREMENTS:
• MAXIMIZE NUMBER OF ATHLETIC FIELDS
• PROVIDE FIELD LIGHTING FOR NIGHT PLAY
• INCREASE PARKING SUPPLY
• PROVIDE AN EXERCISE EQUIPMENT AREA
• PROVIDE A COMFORT STATION/ CONCESSION BUILDING
• MAINTAIN THE EXISTING WATERFRONT WALKWAY
• DEVELOP A PATH SYSTEM AND LANDSCAPE PLAN
• PROVIDE A PICNIC AREA
• PROVIDE A PLAYGROUND AND SPLASH PARK
• PROVIDE A RIVERFRONT GREAT LAWN AREA

UNIQUE OR UNUSUAL DESIGN FEATURES:
• DEVELOP A UNIQUE GEOTECHNICAL PLAN TO ACHIEVE ACCELERATED COSOLIDATION OF THE SOILS. UTILIZE EXCAVATED AGGREGATE FOR PROJECT EARTHWORK RESULTING IN NO WASTE OF THE MATERIAL
• UTILIZE CLUSTER FIELD ARRANGEMENT IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE ATHLETIC PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
• UTILIZE SYNTHETIC TURF FIELDS IN ORDER TO LIMIT MAINTENANCE REQUIRED
• COST EFFECTIVE PURCHASES MADE THROUGH STATE CONTRACT
• GRADING DESIGN CAREFULLY TOOK INTO CONSIDERATION THE ENGINEERING CONTROLS REQUIRED BY THE NJDEP FOR SITE COVERAGE WHILE MAINTAINING THE NECESSARY GRADES FOR ADEQUATE DRAINAGE AND ACCESSIBILITY
• SITE AMENITIES LAYOUT DESIGNED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE VIEWS OF THE HUDSON RIVER
• SEAMLESS CONSTRUCTION COORDINATION OF SEPARATELY BID COMFORT STATION/ CONCESSION BUILDING AFTER SITE WORK WAS STILL UNDERWAY
• DESIGN ALSO RESERVED AN EXPANSIVE GREAT LAWN AREA ALONG THE EASTERLY SIDE OF THE SITE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE SCENIC VISTA ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE VIEWS OF THE NEW YORK SKYLINE AND GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE
• FLEXIBLE TIDE VALVE DESIGNED TO ALLOW STORMWATER TO BE CONVEYED AND DIS CHARGED WHILE PROHIBITING TIDAL FLOW BACKING UP THE SYSTEM
• DELIVER A RECONSTRUCTED RECREATION FACILITY TO THE MUNICIPALITY THAT HAS RESTORED COMMUNITY PRIDE

THE RESULT:
The construction of the project was completed in June of 2017 and on June 30, 2017 the park was officially opened with ceremony attended by the Governing Body, local dignitaries, Borough Organizations and Residents of the Borough. The ceremony included local food vendors, recreational activities and a professional fireworks display to usher in the Independence Day weekend. Through the efforts of the Governing Body of the Borough of Edgewater and Michael J. McClelland, Municipal Engineer, the centerpiece of the Borough's Recreation System has been returned to the residents of Edgewater.