RIVERSIDE COUNTY PARK SOUTH – Today, Bergen County Commissioner Chairman Steve Tanelli took part in the historic groundbreaking of the future Bergen County Rowing Center located in the southern section of Riverside County Park. Once complete, the state-of-the-art, two-story, 14,285 sq. ft multi-purpose rowing center will replace an existing one-story 2,600 sq. ft. structure currently used as a temporary boat storage facility. He was joined by Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, Commissioner Mary Amoroso, Assemblyman Gary Schaer, Lyndhurst Mayor Robert Giangeruso, Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton, Bergen County Clerk John Hogan, and community partners.
“The Bergen County Parks Master Plan identified key areas throughout the County in need of additional open space, such as Southern Bergen County,” said Bergen County Commissioner Chairman Steve Tanelli. “Today’s groundbreaking is just another impactful investment aimed at bridging the gap and providing the residents of South Bergen with additional exercise and recreation opportunities.”
Throughout the course of the next 18 to 36 months, Riverside County Park will undergo a complete revitalization that will increase exercise and recreation opportunities for South Bergen residents while providing historic public access to the lower spans of the Passaic River. The 4 phases of revitalization will be funded by grant money from the Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres, and the Office of Natural Resource Restoration.
Once all phases are complete, Riverside County Park will have a brand new 1,200 square foot comfort station, a 2,600 square foot amphitheater capable of accommodating 200 people, 2 adult fitness stations – one in the northern portion of the park and the other in the southern, 2.8 miles of new walking paths, and a state-of-the-art children’s playground.
As the Board’s only representative residing in South Bergen, I am extremely proud to see the changes occur. I know the new facilities and amenities will not only be used by friends, family, and local residents, but also by Bergen County families for generations to come.