CITY OF ELIZABETH RECEIVES AWARD FOR NEW RECREATION CENTER POOL

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CITY OF ELIZABETH RECEIVES AWARD FOR NEW RECREATION CENTER POOL
 
ELIZABETH, NJ—March 7, 2016 - Mayor J. Christian Bollwage joined City of Elizabeth Recreation Director Paul Addessa and Superintendent Joseph Sullivan at the 2016 New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA) Awards Program in Atlantic City, where they accepted the Excellence in Design of Recreation or Park Facilities award. 
 
“The City of Elizabeth is proud to receive this award, which demonstrates our ability to deliver the services, activities and sites our community needs and deserves,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I would like to thank our Recreation Department for working hard on this revitalization effort, making Elizabeth a great place to live, work and play.”
 
This year’s ceremony was held at the Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The award was presented to the City of Elizabeth for excellence in design of public use recreation and park facilities which exhibit aesthetic quality, uniqueness of design, usability and versatility.
 
The Fred Erxleben Recreation Center is located at 513-515 Richmond Street. Originally built in 1980, the renovation process for the Fred Erxleben Pool began during the winter of 2014. The new facility features a main heated swimming pool ranging from a zero-depth entrance to a 5 ½ foot deep area; a children’s pool with a palm tree, which turns into a sprinkler as well as two shaded areas, complete with picnic tables and benches. This initiative also received funding though the Union County Kids Recreation Trust Fund.
 
“I am so proud to be recognized by the NJRPA for Excellence in Design on the reconstruction of our Erxleben Pool. This is second award we received in three years and I could not be happier,” said Recreation Director Paul Addessa. “This new state-of-the-art pool meets the needs of our community and we saw that this past summer when it was highly utilized by our residents. I would like to thank Maser Consulting for providing the new design and plans.” 
 
In 2013, the City of Elizabeth received the same award for their design of Holland Park Playground and Skate Plaza, which was was redesigned as a multi-use public park facility to meet the recreation and community needs of the public.
 
The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting parks and recreation; enhancing the professional development of its members; advocating sound policy and stewardship related to parks, recreation, resource management, and leisure services; and increasing public awareness of the value of play and preservation of the environment to interested citizens and the public.
 
 
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