Tuckerton Opens South Green Street Park

Aug 01, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson Bernadette Carney from Dumont, N.J. enjoys fishing off the bulkhead at the reopened South Green Street Park in Tuckerton on Sunday.

At 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, Tuckerton borough opened the re-imagined, rehabilitated and re-energized South Green Street Park. Crowds began to realize the fact from a post on the borough’s Facebook page and from a sign from a frustrated bait shop owner on the way to the park who daily commented on the status.

On Sunday afternoon, the word had spread to fisher-folk from North Jersey and parts west of the Garden State Parkway who used to look forward to a free day of fishing from the bulkhead at the bayside park.

A family from Toms River listened to Golden Oldies as they fished from the open back of their van. Bernadette Carney was staying with friends on their boat and camper at Shelter Cove Marina and walked down with her fishing pole to try her luck. “I don’t even care if I catch anything. It’s great just sitting here and watching the waves and the boats,” she said.

On Monday, the contractor sent a barge and equipment to repair the hole in the new bulkhead caused by a drunken boat thief who ran a boat into it on the night of July 4.

The Tuckerton Borough Council awarded the contract to replace the bulkhead and revitalize the park in July last year to K G Marine of Manahawkin for $1,297,065. The contract included constructing the new fishing pier from the center of the bulkhead and extending 50 feet into Tuckerton Bay. New playground equipment, two pavilions and a mobile restroom trailer are included in the funds from a Sandy Restoration Grant that the borough applied for in 2015.

Mayor Sue Marshall said the decision to open the park was made in response to the people’s wishes. “We just wanted to get it open as soon as possible,” she said. “We are planning an official ribbon cutting sometime soon.”

The park is open only during daylight hours, in response to vandalism that already occurred at the site.

The park was created in the 1960s out of marine lumber soaked in creosote. The new bulkhead is made of environmentally safe, plastic-coated steel sheathing. —P.J.

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