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Ribbon Cut at South Harrison’s Stewart Park County gives park a New Entrance, Parking Lot and More

(South Harrison, NJ) – A new addition to Steward Park that features a new hockey rink, tennis courts, parking and more was officially opened today. 

Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney, Freeholders Bob Damminger and Frank DiMarco and South Harrison Township’s Mayor James McCall cut a ribbon to celebrate Stewart Park’s completed improvements that were done with help from the Gloucester County Improvement Authority’s Solid Waste Complex (GCIA).  South Harrison is the host community to the county’s Solid Waste Facility.

“Adding these new features to Stewart Park was a cooperative effort between the GCIA, the county, South Harrison and others in order to create more recreation space for the residents of the community,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney. 

Freeholder Director Sweeney is the liaison to the GCIA, and noted that the GCIA delivered 200 dump truck loads of select fill to Steward Park, placed the fill and rolled it, dug a detention basin and swale, built an entrance road, a parking lot with millings from the county’s Public Works Department, and graded for tennis the courts and hockey rink.

Sweeney said, “A significant amount of work went into this park and South Harrison couldn’t afford to do it themselves.  As the host community to the Solid Waste Facility, the GCIA was happy to assist the residents of South Harrison with participating in this park project.”

South Harrison Mayor Jim McCall said, “Every time we tried to get this project off the ground, the price would come in way over our budget.  So when I met with the Freeholders and asked for their assistance I was grateful that Freeholder Sweeney eagerly agreed to help our residents and improve our park by utilizing resources that the Township couldn’t do on its own.”

Mayor McCall said that the improvements to the park cost the municipality less than $15,000 out of their park trust, when originally their bids to do the work came in over $275,000.  “I have wanted to make these improvements to our park for a long time, and we just didn’t have the budget in our parks’ trust to cover it,” said Mayor McCall.  The Mayor also noted that a local developer covered the costs to construct the added hockey court and two tennis courts to Stewart Park.

Stewart Park Ribbon Cutting
October 5, 2006

Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger, liaison to the Department of Public Works, explained that his department delivered 60 truck loads of millings to Stewart to be used for the parking lot. 

“South Harrison is in the unique position of being host to a solid waste facility.  When the opportunity to assist them came along, the project fit right into the county’s philosophy to promote our recreational facilities and open spaces as places for families to gather and kids to play,” said Damminger. 

Frank DiMarco, Freeholder Liaison to the Department of Parks for the county said, “I know that many members of the Township’s Recreation Committee and members of the community, government and private industry have been working together to complete this project.  It’s a good feeling to stand here today and see what has been accomplished in less than a year when everyone