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Cinnaminson Awarded Grant, Will Rehab Memorial Park Structure

The township is set to receive $135,000 for park improvements.

Cinnaminson can finally move forward with renovating the bathrooms at since the town was awarded a county grant worth more than $100,000.

But township officials didn’t get the full amount they asked for—so other park projects will have to be put on hold.

County freeholders this week approved $5 million under the Municipal Park Development Assistance Program for 28 towns. Cinnaminson will get $135,000 for park improvements. Mayor Don Brauckmann, who also serves as the director of parks and recreation, said the township asked for $250,000 for Memorial Park and also for a walking path around . That latter project will have to wait.

“These grants are instrumental,” Brauckmann said. “We’re excited and thankful to the freeholders. It’s pretty much going to finish off the Memorial Park project.”

This grant is the third round of the program. Over the past year, Cinnaminson . The township got a brand at Wood Park, a at and will next rehab the Memorial Park bathrooms and concession stand.

The current concrete structure in place needs updating, new windows, new doors and a brand new roof. Some of the second round grant money will go toward this project.

When finished, it should have bathrooms, a snack bar area and rooms for storage.

The idea to use the grant money for upgrades to the Memorial Park structure (and potentially the walking path at Wood Park) came from the parks and recreation advisory committee, park sports officials and results from a county survey that asked for residents’ input, the mayor said.

“The running path and walkway around Wood Park will be considered for future grants and capital improvements projects should funds become available,” said Brauckmann.

Anticipating the grant money, township officials have already had preliminary conceptual drawings drafted of the rehabbed building. The drawing may change before or during construction. (Shown at right)

Brauckmann said township committee hopes to advertise for the project during the Aug. 6 meeting and award the bid Sept. 3. If all goes according to schedule, the structure could be finished in the fall.

Every town in the county that applied for the Municipal Park Development Grant received monies ranging from $50,000 to $250,000, according to a release from the county.

Ric July 28, 2012 at 03:22 PM
This article fails to note that the taxpayers of Burlington County deserve thanks for providing the funds this program - not the County Freeholders. They certainly did not pay for it out of their personal pockets. This is a taxpayer funded project.
Bull Pitt July 28, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Why did they take down the playground equipment at Memorial park? Is this going to be replaced and upgraded? I see they filled it with dirt from who knows where, it has large chunks of concrete and rocks in it. That's really safe for our kids. The rocks also spilled onto the bike path, and are just sitting there, an accident waiting to happen.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) July 30, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Lori, I haven't reported on the memorial swing set so "from what you're reading" as you say is not in my article. They are putting in a new structure and when I get more information, I'll have a story up tomorrow.
Catherine Hannan July 30, 2012 at 01:04 PM
No playground for the young children of Cinnaminson, but the lights can be on at the ball field at Memorial Park at 7:00 p.m. when it is as bright as day! Someone needs to monitor these lights! The park is literally in my backyard and those lights are on when the field is not being used and when it is still light out.
Kathy E July 30, 2012 at 01:28 PM
@ Lori I feel sorry for you wanting to take your kids to the park and you get blindsided with its removal. Living in Cinnaminson myself for sometime now I always expect the worse and usually something okay??? comes out of it. Just terrible the way they did it right in the middle of the Summer. Extremely poor planning on their part, wish they would have thought about this a little longer. Sadly this time it's the kids who get to pay the price.. Maybe they are just too busy maintaining the sledding hill, what an unsightly mess that has added to the park.
L Green July 30, 2012 at 02:20 PM
OMG! In the days before Patch, how did the township ever make improvements without the blessing and knowledge of ppl like U? What are you all complaining about anyway? Christina said she is working on a story and improvements to the playground as well as that ugly building are coming so maybe we should just thankful and happy for a change. Regarding the timing, I think August is actually a good time because isn’t peak season at the parks during the spring and the fall months with the sports programs in full bloom. Too hot now and not nearly as much activity going on plus doing it in the winter is not possible because of the cold. Don’t Worry….Be Happy. Try it…. you’ll live longer!
Dorothy Harris July 30, 2012 at 03:40 PM
maybe you should try to email him directly at dbrauckmann@cinnaminsonnj.org. that is what i did when i had a question and i got a quick response plus and phone call. nice young man he is. those voice prompts at the 829-6000 number confuse me anyway. what ever happened to people answering the phone. good luck
Long time resident July 30, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I would be surprised if they were putting in a picnic area. I thought the township put in new ordinances where you cannot picnic at the parks....I thought I read this previously in Patch when they were instituting the new ordinances for all the parks as to the times they are open/closed.
Giants&Yankeesfan247365phillies&eaglessuck July 30, 2012 at 09:09 PM
A walking park around Wood Park? Where are they gonna fit that in? I'm glad they're finally making improvements to memorial park though this is long overdue
Giants&Yankeesfan247365phillies&eaglessuck July 30, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Where are they gonna fit that in? That's what she said
Ralph Wiggum August 01, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Lori, if you don't like it, MOVE!
Lori Weldon August 02, 2012 at 02:19 AM
to Ralph .. well change didnt happen in Cinnaminson the last election...and yes I would have moved if they were not replacing the playground equipment .. the park is the only reason i stay here..for my grandchildren ..

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