8th Street Park Concept Plan


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Letter to Residents

June 17, 2021

Dear Residents of the West Keansburg section of Hazlet Township,

Hazlet Township is pleased to announce that there is now a plan in place to make substantial improvements to 8th Street Park, located at the corner of 8th Street & Brown Avenue. The Township recognizes that this park is outdated and underutilized in a section of town that does not have other recreational spaces for residents. The entire park is located within a 100-year flood zone. Maintaining this area as open space is beneficial for floodwater storage as well as reducing risks to life and property during flood events in this section of town.

The vision for this proposed project has been shaped by input from the community and will include ADA-compliant playground equipment, basketball courts, shaded picnic tables, a pavilion for activities such as group classes and music performances, an open field for sports and events and walking/jogging track along the periphery of the park. Safety improvements will be included such as updated lighting, a security system and a reconfigured safer parking area. (See the plan on the flip side of this page.)

The Hazlet Recreation Department cordially invites you, and your family, friends and neighbors to our first outdoor concert at 8th Street Park on Thursday, July 8th. The new Hazlet Pops community band will play a Broadway-themed program with over 50 musicians. The band is under the direction Raymond Lahaye, the leader of the Raritan High School Marching Band. The music starts at 7 pm. After the concert we will show the film Mamma Mia! on the big screen under the stars. Please bring a chair or blanket to watch. The Hazlet Pops will be playing every Thursday night around town for the month of July. For a full list of events, go to www.HazletTwp.org/Recreation

As a West Keansburg native myself, I am happy to see improvements at the 8th Street Park and I am excited to bring more Recreation Dept. events to this side of the town. 

Please feel free to reach out to the Recreation Office at 732-217-8648 or via email if you have any questions. 


Christopher McManus
Hazlet Recreation Director