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Red Bank neighbors oppose childrens’ water park

Local News | May 14, 2014

Red Bank neighbors oppose childrens’ water park

RED BANK (APP) — Residents say a spray pad proposed at Bellehaven park won’t be nearly as innocuous as it sounds when the borough finds it can’t foot the bill for its maintenance.

The spray pad, which would be part of a playground proposed at the dilapidated natural park at the end of Locust Avenue, is among the projects to be funded by a $2.2 million bond ordinance the Borough Council is scheduled to vote on tonight.

The $600,000 budgeted to rebuild Bellehaven includes a spray pad for children, a feature that some officials and residents contend will result in high maintenance fees.

Advocates for the spray pad said a Monmouth County grant will cover part of the construction cost and that a place to cool off in the summer is needed for children on the borough’s west side. But that grant expires this year.

Residents who oppose the spray pad said the money for that feature could be better spent on other parks.

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