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Veteran’s Memorial Park in Aberdeen Wins Planning Merit Award

January 3, 2018

Abderdeen, NJ – T&M Associates, a leading national consulting, environmental, engineering and construction management company, announced that it is the recipient of the Monmouth County Planning Board’s 2017 Planning Merit Award in the Recreation Category for Veteran’s Memorial Park in Aberdeen, NJ. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding projects, municipalities, businesses, and community leaders that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of planning and development in Monmouth County.

Accepting the award for the project was Mayor Fred Tagliarini, Township Manager Holly Reycraft, and Donald Norbut, PE, Township Parks & Recreation Engineer and T&M Vice President.

“The Township Council and I are extremely proud of our new waterfront park located at our Cliffwood Beach recreation area and are pleased with the vision, planning, and design expertise provided by T&M Associates throughout the project, along with the project recognition received by the Monmouth County Freeholders and Planning Officials,” said Mayor Tagliarini.

The waterfront park site was a significantly underutilized 5-acre passive and active recreation facility located on a waterfront site along the scenic Raritan Bay. The initial park development occurred in the 1970s, but over time the park improvements were damaged and degraded by annual storms and harsh seasonal conditions. Superstorm Sandy took a major toll on the park and its facilities during which the park site was completely inundated and largely destroyed.

The Township’s vision for the underutilized site was to provide active and passive recreation facilities for its residents including playgrounds, water spray park, gazebo/bandshell, restrooms, multi-purpose field, a natural boat launch into Whale Creek, picnic grove, and an expanded parking lot.

One important element of the plan was to include a significant amount of native landscaping to provide both natural shade and beauty to the Raritan Bay waterfront setting. At the same time, the landscaping needed to survive the harsh seasonal waterfront environment and thrive. To protect the park from regular full moon nuisance flooding, the site was raised in key locations 3 to 4 feet. Another vision of the park designers was to provide interconnectivity between the adjacent Raritan Bay beachfront and the onsite children’s water spray park.

T&M is proud to be involved with the planning, design, and construction oversight of this new regional park which will have significant positive impact on the quality of life for the neighborhood and all municipal residents.