Artist’s impression of the new amphitheater to be built in Riverside County Park, North Arlington. Photo courtesy of Derek Sands

The rebirth of the Bergen County park system continues locally as the land will be inaugurated in Riverside County Park in North Arlington for a new amphitheater and toilet block on Tuesday, October 24. Bergen County officials are expected to be on hand for the inauguration, including Commissioner Steve Tanelli of North Arlington.

Here’s a look at what needs to be built in the northern part of Arlington Park.

Derek Sands, communications director for Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III, said park visitors should expect some unique additions, unlike anything seen so far.

“The Riverside washroom and amphitheater, located at the south end of the park, will serve as a central gathering space, provide washrooms and serve as a community performance area,” he said. “The project is part of a larger effort to revitalize Riverside County Park. The $ 2.8 million project is funded by grants from the Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund as well as funding from the Bergen County Parks Capital Plan.

The addition of the amphitheater will make it possible to organize more events in the park and make the series of summer concerts that the borough organizes each summer much easier, cheaper and more convenient.

“As the county continues to increase programming each year at Riverside for the enjoyment of southern Bergen residents, it is important to note that we will no longer need to use a mobile performance stage,” Sands said. .

Sands says the new grass tiered amphitheater will be built using the natural quality of the site to accommodate families of all sizes and abilities. Every part of the amphitheater will be accessible to those in need while offering a variety of seating options ranging from grass lawns, concrete seating and wooden platforms so that all guests can use an area meeting place adapted to their specific needs.

The toilet block will also better serve the sports community and park visitors. Whether someone is there for soccer, football, tennis, or just for a walk around the track, the central location of the new facility will provide convenience and accessibility to anyone visiting Riverside South.

Artist’s impression of the new toilet block to be built in Riverside County Park, North Arlington. Photo courtesy of Derek Sands

The additions to the park will be paid for with a grant from the Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund starting in 2018 for $ 887,583 and capital plan funding from the Bergen County Parks Department totaling $ 1,997,417.

The contractor, Daskal, LLC, was selected in May by the Bergen County Council of Commissioners. Work on the project began on July 12, 2021 and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022, at a total cost of $ 2.89 million, Sands said.

The professional team is LAN Associates of Midland Park, led by Matt Fink and MKW and Associates (of Rutherford, led by Jim Welsh. Design for the new park facilities began in August 2019 with the Department of Parks seeking a proposal from the he design team to concoct a new outdoor performance area and a sanitary block as well as a new maintenance and equipment installation for the Parks Department.

The Department of Parks adopted a proposal from LiRo Group, Inc., to manage the construction contractor and ensure the project is completed on time and on budget.

Tanelli, for his part, who played a decisive role in making the project a reality, said he was very satisfied.

“The very first Bergen County Parks Master Plan in the history of our county that I championed showed that southern Bergen was underserved in terms of open spaces and parks,” said Tanelli, President of BCBOC. “The upcoming opening of the washroom and amphitheater reaffirms our commitment to take concrete steps to close this gap and is part of a larger effort to completely modernize Riverside County Park. As South Bergen’s sole commissioner, I will always strive to help provide the same opportunities for recreation and open space as other parts of the county.

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