Carteret receives $78,000 DCA grant to install two pickle ball courts

Pickle ball courts expected by year’s end
in Mayor James A. Failace Memorial Park

CARTERET, NJ – Mayor Daniel J. Reiman has announced that the Borough has received a $78,000 Local Recreation Improvement Grant from state Department of Community Affairs that will be used to construct two pickle ball courts in the recently renamed Mayor James A. Failace Memorial Park.

A major objective of the Borough of Carteret is to provide all residents with the highest quality recreational facilities possible, Mayor Reiman said.

“Pickle ball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong and has quickly become the fastest growing sport in America,” the Mayor said. “As a result of the sport’s massive growth, there is interest within the community to expand the Borough’s number of pickle ball courts. Failace Memorial Park currently features a multi-purpose field, a playground, and a basketball court but lacks pickle ball courts. The addition of two pickle ball courts will improve the park, increase and diversify the total recreational offerings of the Borough, and increase the quality of life for all Carteret residents.”

The project is expected to cost $155,000 with the balance of funds coming from the Borough’s parks and recreation budget, according to municipal documents. In addition to the two courts, the project will include the installation of fencing, a 4-inch thick concrete walkway, decorative benches, and garbage cans. The project is expected to go out to bid in late summer or early fall, according to municipal documents, with construction completed by year’s end.

The Borough operates a total of 11 parks that provide residents with access to the waterfront and a diverse range of active and passive recreational activities. In November, Mayor Reiman dedicated Failace Memorial Park in honor of his predecessor. Formerly Shorecrest Park, the 2.02-acre facility is located along Sycamore Street near the municipal border of Woodbridge Township.

Carteret has a longstanding history of providing recreational opportunities for residents of all ages, particularly through the maintenance of public recreational facilities. The Borough has received more than $90,000,000 in combined grant funding from federal, state, county, and private funders for a series of major projects, including an extensive recreational walkway along the waterfront that will have two sections and will be completed by year’s end.

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