Parks and other public spaces offer important quality-of-life experiences for people in cities like Trenton, where a patch of green space or a public pool or even just a bench can make a difference.

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From his perch 137 feet above the Trenton Battle Monument, George Washington can see the park below has lost some of its bloom.

But that is about to change, thanks to a planned $200,000 overhaul project that former Mayor Eric Jackson says will “completely transform” the small strip of a park that is wedged between North Broad and North Warren streets at the Five Points section of the city.

Architect Randy Baum has designed a plan that aims to combine the various historic, aesthetic and green space elements of the downtown community park.

The initial phase of the project includes repairing fences, removing wilted plants and hedges that will be replaced with trees and evergreen shrubs, pruning and feeding of existing trees, and restoration and replacement of curbing.

A second phase will expand the physical footprint of the park to the Delaware & Raritan Canal.

But what is most noteworthy about the project is that it is being funded not with taxpayers’ money but by the West Trenton-based NJM Insurance Group, which is donating the funds in memory of Caren Franzini, the former CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and a long-time champion of revitalizing urban centers such as downtown Trenton. Franzini died in January 2017.

Trenton’s Battle Monument park gets $200K cash infusion

Parks and other public spaces offer important quality-of-life experiences for people in cities like Trenton, where a patch of green space or a public pool or even just a bench can make a difference.

But keeping parks in good order involves constant maintenance and that is a big burden for the city.

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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News

      

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