Burlington County Freeholders Award a $200,000 Grant to Lumberton Township to Construct an Amphitheater at the Village Green Park
Lumberton, NJ – October 26, 2017 – The Lumberton Township Committee was informed that the Burlington County Freeholders awarded a $200,000 grant through the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program to construct an Amphitheater. Township Officials expect that the project will be completed in phases, with this grant covering Phase 1. Phase 1 of the project will consist of concrete walkways, stage and canopy construction and all electrical work needed for the Amphitheater. The remaining phase will be the construction of tiered slopes for seating. Work on this project is expected to last roughly two years to fully complete.
The Village Green Park is a 30 Acre Lot within the Township of Lumberton which formally served for 58 years as the home of the Burlington County Farm Fair from 1952 to 2010. When the Farm Fair moved to the fairgrounds off of Route 206, the Lumberton Township Committee began work on plans to bring amenities to the Park to continue to attract residents to utilize and enjoy.
Mayor Sean Earlen stated, “I would like to thank Freeholder Director Garganio, as well as the rest of the Burlington County Freeholders for their continued support of our township’s active and passive recreation needs.” “Since 2011, we have received $1,078,710.00 dollars in grant money from the county and these dollars have already produced a new playground here at the Village Green, along with a Dog Park, Community Garden and Canoe Launch on the Rancocas, we have added sports fields at our Municipal Building Complex as well as completely renovating all of our recreation amenities in the Bobby’s Run Section of town,” added Mayor Earlen.
This overall project is a continuation of the Township Committee’s commitment to refurbishing the Public Parks and Playgrounds throughout the Town. All of these projects were funded in part by grants from the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program. Most recently, the Township was able to completely refurbish three playgrounds, and the tennis courts in the Bobby’s Run Section of the town through a $137,000 grant received that year and remaining savings from prior year projects. The Township just completed the basketball court refurbishment at Bryan Freeman Park.
“We look forward to continuing our work with the Burlington County Freeholder Board as we engage in the construction of this newest project of a state of the art outdoor amphitheater provided through grant funds received from the Municipal Park Development Program,” added Deputy Mayor Jim Conway, who serves as one of the Engineering Project liaisons to the Township Committee. “We are hopeful to have construction fully completed on the new outdoor amphitheater at the Village Green by the end of the summer in 2019 in time for the Lumberton Paddle Festival,” stated Deputy Mayor Conway.