Little Egg Harbor Unveils Site of Veterans Park

Jul 04, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson

Little Egg Harbor Township dedicated the spot set aside for a veterans park by installing a sign on June 27, just in time for the 4th of July. Committeewoman Lisa Stevens met with veterans from VFW Post 316 and American Legion Post 493 at the double vacant lot owned by the township, purchased years ago with money dedicated from the Little Egg Harbor Natural Lands Trust.

During a May 21 municipal meeting, Joseph Sorrentino, representing American Legion Post 493 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 316 and the Veterans of Cranberry Creek, thanked Stevens for moving ahead with the park and finding common ground within the various veterans groups.

The park will develop on four 75- by 100-foot lots bounded by Radio Road, West Calabreeze Way, Falcon Drive and Grace Drive. The open space is already set aside for passive recreation.

“We’ll start with a flag, and we can hold services there,” said Sorrentino. The various veterans groups will start their fundraising efforts for other improvements, he said.

Stevens said the preliminary park concept drawn up by the township’s landscape architect shows access off Calabreeze, a parking lot with accessible spaces and flags for all five branches of the service plus the American flag and POW flag.

“It’s not just a memorial park, but also for those still serving,” she said. “It’s a big project, but let’s start with a flag pole and cut the grass and make it pretty and an honorable place to meet.” —P.J.

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