Glenfield Park in Montclair Gets a New Playground

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (center) cuts the ceremony ribbon to officially open the Essex County Glenfield Park playground and restroom building with Montclair Neighborhood Childcare Center students (from left) Sarah Constant, William Rose and Joseph Bunk-Grant on Friday, December 18th. With the County Executive are (from left) Essex County Chief of Staff Phil Alagia, Arterial Associate James Ribaudo, Montclair Councilors Rich McMahon and Renee E. Baskerville, Elaine Spears from the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, Montclair Deputy Mayor Bob Russo, Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill and Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson. (Photo by Glen Frieson)

On Friday, December 18, Essex County officials attended a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the new Glenfield Park playground and restroom building. The four-month long project gave the park a $1.5 million facelift.

“Playgrounds are excellent facilities to get children engaged in physical activity and exercise while having fun. We are especially excited how music and instruments are incorporated into the design because it demonstrates how playtime and cultural enrichment can be combined,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. said. “Essex County Glenfield Park is the focal point of Montclair’s 4th Ward neighborhood, and with its proximity to Glenfield Middle School and the many children who participate in the Grass Roots summer camp, modernizing the playground and restroom building was much needed,” he added.

The centerpiece of the new playground is a Treehouse Adventure-themed climbing apparatus. The equipment is installed between two large existing trees growing in the playground and provides children with the feeling they are climbing in the trees. In addition, there are two separate play areas for children ages 2-5 years and 5-12 years. Each section has age-appropriate apparatus for the children to play and climb on, including swings and animal characters. A third area, called “Fun with Music,” has playground equipment with musical instruments incorporated into the design. There are drums, chimes, a xylophone and other smaller instruments that will enable children to experiment with music.

The restroom building received a complete makeover with new fixtures and interior renovations. The exterior has been refinished and art panels will be installed on the building’s façade to connect with the cultural arts theme of the playground.

(Photo: Glen Frieson— Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (center) cuts the ceremony ribbon to officially open the Essex County Glenfield Park playground and restroom building with Montclair Neighborhood Childcare Center students. With the County Executive are (from left) Essex County Chief of Staff Phil Alagia, Arterial Associate James Ribaudo, Montclair Councilors Rich McMahon and Renee E. Baskerville, Elaine Spears from the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, Montclair Deputy Mayor Bob Russo, Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill and Mayor Jackson.)

 
 

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