Park Update: Mar. 31, 2021
We’re adding two more shelters to Middletown Park as part of the development phase. The shelters, each 1750 square feet, will be located on the opposite side of the pond. Each pavilion will have picnic tables, 20 amp. Breakers, lighting, and two charcoal grills.
With the addition of these shelters, that will bring the total number of shelters welcoming reservations to five at this park!
If you wish to enjoy a quick lunch near the pond, an asphalt trail will lead you to open greenspace with a first come, first served picnic table and plenty of space to enjoy the pond views.
For more details on how to reserve a picnic shelter, click here!
Park Update: Mar. 24, 2021
For those of you who love to enjoy the park in the evenings, street lighting will also be a part of this park rehab project! Project developers focused on the 2 E’s for this upgrade, efficient and environment!
Lighting throughout the park will be replaced with new Light Emitting Diode, also known as LED bulbs, which is one of the most energy-efficient light technologies available today.
But, what makes them so efficient and environmentally friendly? LED lighting emits less heat, does not contain mercury, has a longer useful life, and does not contain mercury. Its ability to use a semiconductor to convert electricity into light makes them up to seven more times efficient but still brighter than incandescent lights. Light from LED blubs are easily focused in a single direction which will allow more light to reach the surface.
Directional lighting aids, such as a Polycarbonate Lens, will light only where it’s needed and prevent illuminating areas that are outside the desired location. So, stay tuned because there will be brighter days ahead!
Park Update: Mar. 10, 2021
One of the focal points of Middletown Park, the pond, was not forgotten during the planning of the rehab project. To increase water quality, the pond will be dredged and a new aerator system will be installed.
For today’s update, let’s focus on dredging.
• What is it?
• How is it done?
• What are the ecological benefits?
• What will happen to the fish?
Well, dredging is the removal of accumulated bottom sediments, aka “muck”, in a body of water. Lake and ponds go through a feasibility study first to determine if the body of water will benefit from the sediment removal. Several key benefits include removing toxic or nutrient-rich sediments, improving fish habitats, restoring access for leisure activities-like fishing, and let’s not forget improving the overall water quality!
Contractors will mechanically dredge Middletown Pond in 2 phases. They will create a safe temporary habitat on one side of the pond while they work to remove the sediment. Once the side is complete, the fish will be guided to the other side to repeat the process. Because the sediment removed is nutrient dense, once it is dry it becomes a great natural fertilizer. So, it will be put to good use throughout the park to enrich green spaces.
Park Update: Mar. 4, 2021
Middletown Park in one of the oldest in the county park system. So, the current ball fields were in need of a little TLC.
The four existing fields; 2 softball fields, 1 baseball field, and 1 little league field, are all being re-graded.
Each infield will be adjusted by either removing or filling in dirt.
This will allow players a more level surface to play ball!
Park Update: Feb. 24, 2021
Landscape plans are created to ensure that each park meets bioretention standards as well as provide shade and natural landscaped areas with native species.
Trees that were removed last fall had compromised root systems, greater than 25%, and ran the risk of not thriving this spring. However, the landscape plan calls for over 70 to be placed throughout the park, with 66% of them categorized as shade trees.
These trees will be planted in the fall because prime planting season occurs when trees are dormant. This allows them to be rooted before the spring blooming season and provides them with optimal growth opportunities.
Park Update: Feb. 17, 2021
Playgrounds have come a long way since the current units were installed at Middletown Park. So, it’s time for an upgrade! By the end of this project, both areas will feature new units, surfacing, fencing, and more!
Play structures near the pond will be installed soon, as the contractor has already begun to remove old equipment.
The new playground will feature two units, one for ages 2-5 and one for ages 5-12, so that families can play together in a fenced, safe area. It will be ADA compliant with a bonded, smooth surface and multiple accessible ground level activities and play areas.
Bridges and climbers will lead children to elevated play decks, slides, and even allow them to have a bird’s-eye view of the park courtesy of a telescope!
Park Update: Feb. 10, 2021
What happened to the Basketball court? Well, it is getting a much needed face-lift as part of this project.
The new court will receive a stone base, asphalt, painted lines, and new posts and rims.
Currently, the court has a new stone base in place. Next, footers will be dug and the new Basketball poles will be set into place.
What you may not see completed for a while is the new surface and game lines. Why? Paving is one of the last items to complete when working a large development project!
Park Update: Feb. 3, 2021
Please pardon the appearance of Middletown Park, the next phase of development is well underway!
This next stage will include both new amenities and updates to current ones and is scheduled to be completed by fall 2021.
So Middletown, it’s time to get excited for new playgrounds, pavilions, pond features, park signage, and sports fields!
Follow along with us here as we share weekly project photos and updates.