Please come out for Rectoberfest, a festive night under the tent at McBride Field to benefit the Franklin Lakes Parks and Recreation Foundation! Proceeds from Rectoberfest will be used to fund ongoing parks and recreation projects in the Borough.
"One of our key objectives over my eight years in office was to build a greater sense of community in town. We have made significant progress, but still have a ways to go. One way we do this is to provide public events that bring out our community and provide open space for family activities. We have introduced many new programs under the title of 'Mayors Wellness' - Splash and Dash, Scenic Half Marathon, Baskets for Hope, Goals For Hope, Paddle Days, Town Festival and Car Show, Easter Egg Hunt, Living Healthy Challenge, Movie Under the Stars, to name a few. We have opened new parks like the Nature Preserve and acquired a new 84 acre park, Parsons Pond Park. Our hope is that the combination of events and expanded and enhanced facilities, we can bring people out of their homes in exceptional venues to interact as a community."
- Mayor Frank Bivona
With the donation last year by Express Scripts of 84 acres of parkland, now known as Parsons Pond Park, which includes ballfields, trails, tennis courts, and other recreation amenities, it was imperative that the Borough take a look at all of its parks and recreation facilities and develop a plan for utilization and development of these facilities going forward. To further the planning process, the Mayor and Council formed the Recreation Facilities Planning Committee, a group of residents with varied interests in the Borough's parks and recreation facilities. The Committee discussed all parks and recreation facilities, how the new Parsons Pond Park might affect the utilization of all parks and recreation facilities, and what recreation needs or wants might be met at Parsons Pond Park and other facilities. A report was issued by the Committee with certain recommendations which has been the starting point for the planning for the utilization and development of all of the Borough's parks and recreation facilities.
- new 50/70 baseball field at Parsons Pond Park with all new infield, fencing, backstops and bleachers (and lighting if funding is secured);
- new fieldhouse at the Muni fields behind Borough Hall with bathrooms and a concession stand;
- trail improvements at Parsons Pond Park; and,
- dog park at Old Mill Woodlands (next to the tennis courts).
- replacement of the turf field at Pulis Avenue (it is near the end of its useful life);
- band shell, covered picnic area, splash park and ice skating rink at Parsons Pond Park;
- parking lot improvements at the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve;
- pickle ball courts at the Old Mill Woodlands tennis courts; and,
- additional trail improvements on other properties that will connect to the existing trail network at Old Mill Woodlands.