The City of Bayonne will hold an opening ceremony for Phase II of Dennis P. Collins Park renovations next week, which will include a hockey rink, basketball courts, exercise area, and a gazebo.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The ceremony will take place at 1st Street and Avenue C on Tuesday, November 1st at 4 p.m.
Phase II of the park renovations includes a hockey rink, a multi-purpose, elevated seating area, a playground for ages 2-5, a playground for ages 5-12, basketball courts, an exercise and training area, and a large gazebo.
The play area for the younger children has an amusement park theme that includes a “Miltyville” ticket booth that is a tribute to Uncle Milty’s, the amusement park that stood on a portion of today’s park property in the 20th century.
The kiddie play area also has a roller coaster theme, the multi-purpose, elevated seating area can be used an outdoor classroom or as an audience area for games or performances.
The 50-foot wide gazebo also has tables for sitting and the gazebo is located between the hockey rink and the playground area.
Additionally, the Gorman Field parking lot will be repaved. Another parking lot has been expanded. Gorman Field has received new sod, along with new fencing and a sprinkler system.
The field is not yet ready for use, but will be opened in the spring. The new sod requires time to develop roots.
The park is named after the Bayonne mayor who served from 1974 to 1990. Prior to that, Collins was sat on the city council between 1962 to 1974.
Following his 28 years in elected office, Collins worked as an aide to then-Congressman Bob Menendez and to former Mayor Joe Doria.