Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Approve Million Dollar Bid for Riker Hill Park Improvements

(Newark, NJ) –On May 15, 2019, the Essex County Freeholder Board voted unanimously to approvea $1,186,010.00 bid from APS Contracting, Inc.,to make multiple improvementsand refurbishments to Riker Hill Park.The 204-acre complex,located in Livingston, NJ,was purchased in 1969 through the Green Acres Program, and is a destination site for residents in the surrounding area and beyond.

The park improvement projectswill consist of multiple construction basedrefurbishments to various areas of the park, with a focus on the 42-acreRiker Hill Art Park.These improvements include new concrete sidewalksand curbs, soil erosion and sediment control, building concrete stairs and hand rails, facade treatments, ensuring that the park is ADA compliant, and installing new signage in and around the park.

Brendan W. Gill
Freeholder President

Livingston Mayor Al Anthony spoke about the future improvementsandtheir impact on the community.He stated, “I’d like to personally thank Livingston resident Pat Sebold for all of her work on this, all of the Freeholders,and the county executive as well. Much needed improvements will bring hours and hours of entertainment and recreation to all of the residents in Essex County.

President Gill added, “Anytime we can help preserve a historic site such as Riker Hill Art Park, it is a good thing. As President of the Board, and a longtime advocate of enhancing our open space areas, I was happy to move this process along and ensure that the park remains a beautiful site for all to enjoy.”



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For Additional Information:

Kyalo Mulumba, Public Information OfficerEssex

County Board of Chosen Freeholders

973-621-4452 (phone) 973-621-5695 (fax)