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Traders Cove 'Splash Park' Sparks Discussion

Splash park area will now be a grassy, picnic area

When the township council voted in January to on a $600,000 contract award to build a splash park at the Traders Cove Marina site, plans to construct bathrooms and a playground for disabled children also were cancelled since they were part of the bid.

But township officials are now planning to reinstate plans to build the bathrooms and the playground area with grant funding, and two residents at a meeting on Tuesday called for a reconsideration of the splash park idea.

"Maybe the water park there would've been a better thing," said Dominick Rappoccio, who serves on the township planning board, after hearing the plans for the area that would've been the splash park location.

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said at the meeting that the location where the splash park would've gone will be a grassy area which might contain picnic tables or barbecue grills.

"The fact that it's a grassy area means it's not going to produce income," said Rappoccio.

Township officials were hoping that users fees generated by the splash park, along with bigger ticket items such as boat slips and transient docking, would help the site become a money-maker for the township.

Township resident Bill Wright, who also came to the meeting, suggested partnering with a private firm to build a splash park at the site and sharing in the revenue.

But Council President John Ducey, citing "hard financial times," defended the council's vote against the splash park contract, saying it was what is best for the township's financial picture. Ducey also said there were concerns over traffic congestion if a splash park was added to the park site.

Councilman Jim Fozman said officials are actively pursuing a $1.2 million grant that will provide for bathrooms and showers so the site can offer transient docking services. He also said the council is looking to reinstate the playground area that will be designed with disabled children in mind.

"Things happen, sometimes, in phases," Fozman said. "We're trying to get $1.2 million in grant money in the fall for the rest of Traders Cove, and it won't cost the taxpayers money."

10% Tax Cut NOW April 04, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thank you - I guess the pay staions should be going up shortly.
Mrgrumpass April 04, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Sorry Mr. Lamb but a can't take anything you post here or anywhere as genuine as I have checked your facts in the past and your imagination changes information to suit your twisted obsession with the mayor. Or I could say you lie!
yeah, okay April 04, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Agree! I'm sure they would also need to put more traffic lights (with cameras) on Mantoloking Road when the traffic flow increases to an even higher level than it already is.
Crabby70 April 04, 2012 at 06:03 PM
As mother to a handicapped child a splash would be great but charging a fee no way ... There are other towns that have splash parks and are free
Mrgrumpass April 04, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I really would like to know when the county side of Trader’s Cove will be opened; it seems to be complete it just sits there closed? Even though I know that it will be difficult to use it due to the fact if the same people overrun it as in the past I don’t think I will be bringing the family!
Mrgrumpass April 04, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Mickey I have read Mrs. Fozmam's posting here in the Patch and it seems that there just may be a co-councilmen position in Brick that we didn't vote for! Obsessions no just want to shake up the tree a bit and let others take note of this issue.
darrell April 04, 2012 at 06:29 PM
If's it's a County park, everybody can use it. People from all over will be there. Just like Summerfest.. Get there early, then you'll get a parking space. Who cares who uses it. It's a free world.. Thank God. There will be enough people there, I don't think anyone will be missed.
darrell April 04, 2012 at 06:31 PM
It is a free world and thanks also to our wonderful servicemen who keep it that way,.
Brian April 04, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Bring on the splash park. A marina with unique amenties like a splash park and fishing area would be welcomed. There are a plenty of picnic grass areas for geese already in the area. A revenue generating splash park that would benefit our children and be handicap accessible is fantastic. The splash park would also be a draw for people to park their boat there and in return generate the town more revenue in marina fees.
Minimew726 April 04, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I can't even imagine bringing my kids to play there or picnic there. Between the traffic on that road (I have actually sat in traffic trying to get over that bridge from Adamston rd for over an hour) and the mosquitoes and greenhead, no thanks.
darrell April 04, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Brian, I agree. It's such a beautiful piece of property.
Wendie April 04, 2012 at 06:43 PM
SO many levels of frustration here but for the love of GOD - NO GRASS ON THE BAYFRONT!! Aside from the myriad other (and all equally valid) reasons, there will be goose shit everywhere. Can we get ANYone with a clue and a pair in there to make some decisions that make some sense? I mean, I can see it now. PNC Bank Buy Rite Goose Poo Park. 9 rows of handicapped parking, no smoking, rule signs everywhere and a pergola to snag your fishing lines on. In 6 months the bathrooms will be locked 23 hours a day and you'll have to cart out your own garbage! Boat owners only on the docks (for liability reasons), curb your kids, and don't be mean to the geese!
10% Tax Cut NOW April 04, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Ask our Parks Superintendent Mr.Francese who came up with the grass concept idea ? I would say him or the Mayor but they will place it on the Engineer. Why not sand and small area's of plume grass it would concide with the Marina theme along the water.
Joseph Woolston Brick April 04, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Well you could take your kids to Windward, pay $5 a head and then watch them get stung by jellyfish all day while wading in the nastiest water in NJ. Or you could wait in traffic for a little bit, take them to a water spray park where they will have fun and not get stung and the water would be filtered and clean.
darrell April 04, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Joseph W., good thinking. 10% Tax Cut Now, great idea if the grass doesn't work. Always Plan B, if Plan A doesn't work.
patriotmfd April 04, 2012 at 09:04 PM
exactly............ with a crew on the township payroll
Jim April 04, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Splash park? LMAO! Charge $50 or it will be run over by Lakewood parasites.
Kevin Koch April 05, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I've got a great idea... Get a hose out there... Instant splash park! And super cheap!
Jerseyclone April 05, 2012 at 01:20 AM
a splash park would only become a closer bath house for the lakewood faction so they do not have to go to the mantoloking beaches after hours for free.
darrell April 05, 2012 at 02:16 AM
what is a closer bath house?
darrell April 05, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Never mind, I understand the sentence now.
Joseph Woolston Brick April 05, 2012 at 03:44 AM
My neighbors kid calls them Penquin People because of their manner of dress. I've only had experience with them at Windward and I have found them to be polite and to pretty much keep to themselves, they don't take up a lot of parking spaces as they usually come with 20 kids in one car. I do have one bitch with them though and that is changing their kids diapers on the picnic tables or the park benches with nothing underneath the kids, GROSS, especially for the next group of people that sit down at that bench or table. Other than that, I don't have a problem with them and I too go down there after hours as I WILL NOT PAY $5 to get on Windward either!
forthekids April 05, 2012 at 12:02 PM
These guys couldn't run a taco stand in the middle of mexico, what makes them think they can manage a marina and splash park?? What exactly are the township and county workers doing down there?? Everyday I pass by I see groups of guys standing around and doing basically nothing, they whole thing is a scam, from the politically connected engineer, architect, and the corrupt general contractor. Money pit for the PIGS to FATTEN themselves on the taxpayers dime, some things never change. THE PIGS CONTINUE TO FEED FROM THE TROUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
forthekids April 05, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Maybe we can get James Lacy, the Head of BTMUA to run the splash park, he's over qualified, remember he's always been fascinated with water, that was his statement upon getting handed the MUA position, I'm sure he could use another tax payer funded job here in Brick. Director of Splash Park Operations, that's worth at least 100k per year. These guys are unbelievable.
Xavier April 05, 2012 at 02:24 PM
lol, where did they put the "Like" button?
DennyD April 05, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Why not ask the head of the TRMUA? He must be available once in a while.
Tom Cular April 06, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Forthekids, I agree with your opinion regarding their business acumen. Someone once said " If the government ran the deserts, we'd run out of sand".
Bob-O April 14, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I liked it as a run down, hideous looking piece of land. On Saturday morning Charlie and I would be the first ones there, him with a beer and me with a coffee, we'd light our Marlboro cigarettes and toss in our crab nets -- Charlie in the corner and me by the four-posted fence. The stink of rotting fish, the smell of the salted air, the flies and glorious sunrises is what made Trader's Cove a crabberman's wonderland. I'll miss the old place!
Jonnyboy April 20, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Does anyone know when the dock and fishing pier will be open for business?
darrell June 07, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I have been to the park a few times and you can use the bathrooms and I see people walking around, but not on Traders Cove section yet. They are still working. Only on the County side.

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