Manager's Blog

Hello!  I wanted to thank you all for stopping by the Manager’s Blog on the Middlesex Township website.  It is my hope that this will be the first of many blog posts.  In these posts, I would like to address things that are taking place in the Township as well as any projects that we are undertaking.  Today, I would like to talk about little bit about our Community Park.

Our Park, for those who do not know, is located behind our Municipal Building at 133 Browns Hill Road. We have a multi-purpose field, playground, swing set, basketball court, two tennis courts, and a trail loop.  I believe that having amenities accessible for our residents is a very important part of a successful community.  This past year, my first at Middlesex, we have made great strides in developing our Community Park and I would like to take a minute to tell you what we have accomplished and are working towards accomplishing.

We have submitted a grant to the DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) to install a new playground. (I have attached a couple links to the renderings of the playground here  and a site plan concept of a possible layout here .) We will hear back about the outcome of our grant application in December of 2021, which means construction would begin on the new playground in the spring of 2022.  We are also in the process of laying out a paving project for a trail loop expansion that connects and paves our existing trail all the way to our parking lot along Browns Hill Road.  By doing this, we hope to provide additional parking options for the park as well as increasing the ADA accessibility of our Community Park.  And yes, we do have plans to resurface the basketball and tennis courts as part of this project as well!

Looking forward to 2021 and 2022, we have received pricing on the installation of a concrete formed CXT restroom with public utilities that would be installed by the current playground. This is in conjunction with the installation of a larger 100 person pavilion that would be available for rental by the public for parties, outings, and other activities. Finally, we are working with Chatham University’s Occupational Therapy Graduate Students and Jessica Zeff of Mars Area School District to come up with a design for an All-Inclusive playground that would be able to be used by children with disabilities.  Although it may not seem like much right now, we have BIG plans for our little park!  Just like every Little Leaguer dreams of making it to the Major Leagues, we have BIG dreams for our park!

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, I welcome your feedback!   Please reach out to me at townshipmanager@middlesextownship.org

 

Yours in Service,

 

 

Adam Hartwig