The bulkhead and boardwalk at Bayside Beach in the Normandy Beach section of town will soon be replaced, after the Brick Township Council approved a resolution to seek bids on the project Tuesday night.
The project, estimated to cost $600,000 is long overdue in the eyes of the residents, who expressed dismay that the park has had limited usefulness since playground equipment was removed several months ago.
"That's the only public park on the bay for the residents of Brick," one resident said, noting that it's been "a whole year" since blockades were put up around the north end of the boardwalk to warn people to stay off it.
The boardwalk and bulkhead will be replaced with vinyl material this time, after the previous bulkheading of wood deteriorated too quickly, township Business Administrator Scott Pezarras said.
"We should have gone with the vinyl last time," he said.
The contract covers 600 feet along the edge of the park, and will be joined with the bulkheading on either end.
Once the bulkheading is done, Pezarras said, new playground equipment will be installed, replacing equipment that was removed because it was in serious disrepair.
Pezarras said the playground equipment had been inspected by a risk management investigator, who found rusted and deteriorating supports and more.
New custom-made equipment has been ordered and will be installed at the park after the bulkheading is completed, Pezarras said.