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Brookside Park in SP Receives Recent Renovations

Ribbon cutting celebrates the updated park.


The following information was provided by the Scotch Plains Recreation Department.

Brookside Park in Scotch Plains went under a recent renovation. 100 New Trees were added, a new walking path was created that encompasses the border of the park, as well as additional parking was created at the top of the park. 

The renovations were made possible by Township Council as well as the Union County Recreation Kids Grant.

Charlie October 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I do not like the 100 trees that were put in the park. I think it is a waste of money and now the park is hidden. Plus, they weren't even put in straight and the spacing between them is off. How are they going to get watered so they don't die? I feel that the money could've been spent much wiser.
BG October 17, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I agree! theyreally aren't , they are evergreens and they do block the view of the park so no no one can see what is going on inside there and it makes it very secluded and unsafe, and they are very crooked.
Maico October 17, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Bushes placed way too close together,waste of time and money.How is the fountain working in the pond there,NOT.The Nature walk is nothing to brag about.The mini-golf course at Scotch Hills is another winner.Not to mention the painting of the 30 year old tennis courts at LaGrande.Who is running this Rec Department ,he must be a whiz at ninetendo.
Sm October 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM
The trees are definitely a problem. There are times when there is only one child and a mother utilizing the park. I remember feeling secluded before, I can't imagine going there now! How was this notion of adding trees conceived?
ralphwiggummm October 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I couldn't agree more. What was the thinking behind the dirt berms topped with evergreens that run along the park's southern border? If the evergreens manage to survive, they will form a hedge that will block the view of the park...to what end? There had been tennis courts there--now the area is used for dodge-ball--who plays dodge-ball? And what of the bocci courts--they weren't worth saving? I agree the same goof-balls that gave us the mini-golf have again spent our tax monies for things we don't need and ignored the things that would have really improved the park for use by the people who live around it. I think this is payback by Herr Marks when the neighborhood rose-up and denied him the soccer fields he wanted to build there.
Ed Minall October 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM
My biggest issue with Brookside Park is the pond. It is completely filled with silt and is just downright nasty. The desilting (the removal of sediment/mud by heavy equipment) of the pond should have been performed prior to the other improvements. Now, the recent improvements, including paving, will have to be restored if the pond is ever desilted in the future. In addition, the additional storage capacity gained by desilting would help alleviate some of the flooding on West Broad St. The pond with some aerators in it could be the focal point of the park, but years of neglect has taken its toll. Now it’s just smells and looks nasty. The same neglect has also impacted its ability to function properly with storm water management during rain events.
Timothy C. Dorch October 17, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Any change in the 'No Dog' policy/law at Brookside?
SPF resident October 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM
The Walking path is a nice idea but when you want to loop the park you walk into the ball field??? Who creates a loop that walks across an active ball field? So basically, we can not walk the the path during any game which are most nights and weekends during the season. I am sure the ball palyers will love the exta help in the outfield from the walkers during the games..

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