Out of doors stage and meals courtroom deliberate for Carteret’s Waterfront Park

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CARTERET – A $1.5 million grant from the Middlesex County Open Space and Recreation Trust Fund Fund has been approved for recreational improvements at the county’s Waterfront Park.

The planned improvements to Veterans Pier include the construction of a 3,000 square foot covered pavilion, the installation of a permanent outdoor stage, the conversion of the current bandstand into a food court and grill, and the construction of restrooms, Mayor Daniel J. Reiman and the Middlesex County Borough Council Commissioner’s Director Ron Rios announced.

“Carteret’s Waterfront Park and Veterans Pier has become a year-round regional destination for recreation, concerts, festivals and family fun,” said Reiman. “Thanks in part to the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners, our vision of bringing a beautiful pavilion, food court and stage for entertainment to the park will soon become a reality for generations to enjoy with families.”

The $1.5 million grant, approved by Middlesex County in March, is the latest of more than $250 million in grants the Reiman government has been campaigning to win for Carteret.

“The Carteret district has undergone a dramatic revival, culminating with the new performing arts center which opened in 2021. With this grant to improve Waterfront Park’s recreation, Carteret will now attract not only residents of the county, but visitors from across New Jersey and beyond to enjoy the rich culture, dining experiences and new recreational opportunities here in my hometown.” said Rios. “It is an exciting time for the county, we are making the right investments today to ensure we have a thriving and resilient economy for sustainable future growth.”

News from the community:Carteret receives final approval to begin construction of a ferry terminal later this year. Carteret is also slated to begin construction of a ferry terminal along the waterfront north of the park, which serves Manhattan, this year.

“We envision commuters using the ferry terminal during the workweek and returning to the park with their families for recreational activities on the weekends,” Reiman said. “The pavilion, food court and stage are also used for our annual Independence Day Festival, Latin Fest and Concerts by the Bay series.”

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