The rehabilitated—and now Americas with Disabilities Act-compliant—park boasts numerous amenities, including the reinforced 100-foot-long fishing pier, comfort station building, gazebos, pavilion with charcoal grill, playground, horseshoe pits, bocce ball courts, beach and outdoor shower, bike racks, flag pole and native landscaping.
Additionally, the County’s first water spray park was introduced at Berkeley Island, to determine if its application can be replicated at other regional parks.
To support safety and park operation, a new access road with guard rail, entrance gate, security fencing and security crash gate, roadway striping and signage, and parking lot and park lighting were installed. New utility service connections include a water main, underground electrical and data services and fire hydrants.
Due to close and effective collaboration among the project team, county and state leaders, federal and regulatory agencies and the community, the project opened in time for Memorial Day Weekend 2018 to the delight of the public.
Perhaps no one was more delighted to see the reincarnation of the park than New Jersey’s longest-serving freeholder, John C. Bartlett Jr., for whom the park was renamed after his passing in December.
Bartlett is credited with founding Ocean County’s modern park system and he was instrumental in advancing the Berkeley Island rebuild project. He presided over the ribbon-cutting ceremony on opening day and its dedication recognizes his long-standing service to the community.
Engineering News Record-New York has selected the John C. Bartlett, Jr. County Park at Berkeley Island reconstruction project as its 2019 Regional Best Project in the Small Project Category for innovation, quality, functionality, aesthetic and teamwork. The award will be presented at an Oct. 2 awards breakfast at Edison Ballroom in Manhattan.
Law praised his WSP team for their dedication to making the project an award-winner, including Joseph Cadillac, project director; James Breen, project superintendent; Bruce Lockwood, project inspector; Bethany Bearmore, civil and coastal engineering manager; and Matthew Holthaus, civil and environmental engineer.
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