FAIR HAVEN: PARK MAY GET WALKING TRAIL

Sickles School students often return from recess in the park covered in dust, teachers have complained. (Photo by Joe Fisher. Click to enlarge)

By JOE FISHER

Fair Haven is working on a $180,000 plan for McCarter Park upgrades that could include a walking trail, a relocated and improved ball field and more parking.

At Monday night’s bimonthly council meeting, borough Engineer Richard Gardella said the park “lacks an identity’’ and suggested that a walking trail like the one at Fair Haven Field would help “create some type of circulation’’ through the five-acre facility.

The walking trail could be equipped with benches and simple fitness stations along the route, Gardella said.

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PAPERWORK PUTS FAIR HAVEN PLANS ON HOLD

rvr-rd-westThe River Road west streetscape is holding up a line of other projects in the borough. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Mike Halfacre, Fair Haven’s mayor, one-time Congressional hopeful and triathlete may add another exploit to his list: author.

No, not really. But, more than a year after pulling in big bucks – under a stimulus program whose existence he opposed – from the federal government for a major facelift to the west side of River Road, Halfacre says he’s got plenty of material for one.

“I will write a book someday about shovel-ready projects,” he said.

Perhaps it can be a Bildungsroman on working with the federal government, one that Halfacre said has produced small mountains of paperwork – and a backlog of other projects “all being held up by trying to do River Road west.”

“I cannot tell you how frustrating it is,” Halfacre said. “It’s a mess. I mean, even our president laughed at the shovel-ready projects a couple weeks ago.”

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BUSY SPRING AHEAD FOR FAIR HAVEN

mccarter-parkMcCarter Park is among a number of properties in line for upgrades in Fair Haven. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

When, or if, we ever thaw out from this relentless winter, Fair Haven’s got a lot of work to do. And almost all of it is free of charge to the borough.

Mayor Mike Halfacre told redbankgreen there’s a slew of projects on the horizon that will boost the quality of life in town, from field renovations to street upgrades.

“There’s a lot of stuff coming up, but not a lot of stuff happening” right now, he said.

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McCARTER TREES GETTING AXED FOR SAFETY

fh-treesWorkers at McCarter Park Wednesday load a truck with one of the many trees being removed this week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The scene at Fair Haven’s McCarter Park is something like an environmentalist’s nightmare: Big, gas-guzzling trucks getting loaded up with freshly chopped-down trees.

Yes, it’s an unfortunate sight, but it’s going to get better, says Elizabeth Lilleston, chairwoman of the Shade Tree Commission.

The long-planned rejuvenation project is being done this week for safety reasons, and all the trees being removed will be replaced, Lilleston told redbankgreen. McCarter Park is directly across from Viola L. Sickles School and has a popular playground. The chance of a tree limb falling and hitting somebody has been a concern for a while, she said.

“We’re not taking them out because we want to, but we’re taking them out because they’re a safety issue,” she said. “A lot of damage has been done to these trees.”

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