CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. -- The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted a resolution on Wednesday, April 6, that authorized a grant agreement with the Borough of Cliffside Park, for $229,000 to continue improvements in Zalewski Park.
The funding is from a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is targeted and administered by the Bergen County Division of Community Development.
"Maintaining and preserving open space and park land is so important, not only for residents' property values but for their enjoyment and peace of mind," said Freeholder Tom Sullivan, who serves on the Freeholder Parks Committee.
"Cliffside Park is the most densely populated town in Bergen County. I'm glad that through our Division of Community Development we can help Cliffside Park finally bring this project to fruition and give residents the best experience possible in their parks."
Work began on Zalewski Park, located at the corner of Gorge Road and Adolphus Avenue, in the summer of 2015 and is nearly complete. The grant covers a variety of improvements, including playground equipment, rubber safety surfaces, lighting improvements, paver walkways and new benches.
"I know that the Cliffside Park residents who use this park have been waiting for these upgrades to be completed," said Freeholder Chairman Steve Tanelli. "These improvements will increase park safety and give more recreation opportunities to both youth and adults."
Zalewski Park got its name from the Zalewski Brothers, all three of whom were Cliffside Park residents who served in the armed forces during World War II. In 1957, a monument was dedicated in honor of their service on the current site of the park, at the corner of Gorge Road and Adolphus Avenue, where Cliffside Park's first borough hall once stood.