Bergen Goes Green

Demarest Nature Center


Spring has sprung, so it’s time to enjoy the outdoors—because Bergen County has awarded more than $19 million in grants for park improvements to be completed between now and April 2023. Sixty-two municipal and county parks received funding earmarked for open-space purchases, recreation upgrades and historic conservation.

“What the pandemic showed all of us is how essential our parks and open space are in the county,” says Steve Tanelli, chairman of the Bergen County Board of Commissioners and chair of the county Parks Committee. “The parks are a great place for people to get out, get exercise, get fresh air and spend time with their families in a natural setting.”

Tanelli, who resides in North Arlington, is particularly looking forward to the updates to Riverside County Park in Lyndhurst (pictured), home to the county’s first pickleball courts. That park will also become the site of a state-of-the-art boathouse and a stage, where planners hope to hold concerts in the future. Says Tanelli: “We’re thrilled to perfect these parks and spaces for the next generation.”

See if any of the parks or rec areas in your town are among the upgrades:

Allendale (Crestwood Park)
Bergenfield (Cooper’s Pond)
Bogota (Olsen Park)
Carlstadt (Garden/Ocean Street Park)
Cliffside Park (West Grantwood Park)
Cresskill (Merrifield Park)
Demarest (Wakelee Field)
Dumont (Memorial Park)
East Rutherford (McKenzie Park)
Edgewater (Old Borough Park Hall)
Elmwood Park (Marina Park)
Englewood (Mackay Park)
Englewood Cliffs (Englewood Cliffs Fred H. Witte Recreation Complex)
Fairview (Columbus Park)
Fort Lee (Constitution Park),
Franklin Lakes (Old Mill Woodlands Park)
Garfield (Jewell Street Park)
Glen Rock (Municipal Pool Pavilion)
Hackensack (Columbus Park)
Hasbrouck Heights (Woodland Park)
Haworth (Stevens Place to Owatonna Street Asphalt Walking/Biking Trail)
Hillsdale (Memorial Field)
Ho-Ho-Kus (North Field Park)
Leonia (Leonia High School Athletic Field)
Little Ferry (Mehroff Park)
Lodi (Jet Age Park),
Lyndhurst (Gutheil Park)
Mahwah (Continental Soldier’s Park)
Midland Park (Dairy Street Park)
Montvale (La Trenta Field Complex
Moonachie (Joseph Street Park)
New Milford (Kennedy Field)
North Arlington (Fisher Field)
Northvale (Veteran’s Park)
Norwood (Kennedy Field)
Oakland (Roosevelt Riverfront Park)
Old Tappan (Old Tappan Golf Course)
Oradell (Hoffman Field Playground)
Palisades Park (Lindbergh Field)
Paramus (Petruska Park)
Park Ridge (Memorial Park)
Ramsey (Finch Park)
Ridgefield (Ridgefield Community Center Field),
Ridgefield Park (Nature Preserve)
Ridgewood (Kings Pond Park)
River Vale (EMS Park)
Rochelle Park (Carlock Field),
Rutherford (Van Winkle Park)
Saddle Brook (Mayhill Street Park)
Saddle River (Rindlaub Park)
South Hackensack (Veteran’s Memorial Park)
Teaneck (Milton A. Votee Park)
Tenafly (Sgt. Nicholas Oresko Park)
Upper Saddle River (One Lake Street Park)
Waldwick (Ted Bell Park)
Wallington (Hathaway Street Park)
Washington Township (Sherry Field)
Westwood (Brookside Park)
Woodcliff Lake (Galaxy Gardens)
Wood-Ridge (Wood-Ridge Athletic Complex)
Wyckoff (Memorial Field Campus)

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