At last month’s board meeting, Parks Department officials proposed a new design that would cut out many amenities, including new picnic tables, grills and fitness equipment.
Instead of a 10-foot-wide, multi-use bike and pedestrian walkway to the picnic area, the agency wants to use the existing concrete roadbed to connect with a five-foot-wide pedestrian-only path.
The amended project would also feature new lighting with poles 65 feet apart.
Last Wednesday, CB5 Parks Chair Steven Fiedler said instead of the five-foot pedestrian path, they want to keep the 10-foot path for bikes and runners from the Jackie Robinson Bridge to the picnic area.
The committee also requested ballards, five feet apart, at the site of the road.
“Cars come in and they’re fast,” he said, “and we want protections for walkers.”
Fiedler’s committee also wants the light poles to be 30 feet apart, rather than 65 feet.
Though the project received $2.39 million in funding in 2016, the lowest bids came in around $3.3 million. Parks went back to the drawing board and scaled down the project.
Fiedler said he has met with representatives from Councilman Robert Holden and Borough President Melinda Katz’s offices. They are now working on possible additional funding for the project, Fiedler said.
“Hopefully they’ll have everything we asked for and move forward,” he said.