Rectoberfest Will Help Fund Parks and Recreation Facilities

Borough Implementing Planning Initiative
Saturday, October 14, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM 

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.
  • Click here to buy tickets online
  • Click here for sponsorship opportunities
  • Click here for the flyer which shows proposed projects
  • Click here on the video below for a short video promoting the Rectoberfest
2017 Rectoberfest

"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.

Map of Parsons Pond Park 
(click to enlarge)
Out of that planning process, the Mayor and Council are now moving forward with implementing park and recreation projects. To fund these projects, the Mayor and Council are anticipating a combination of fundraising by the Franklin Lakes Parks and Recreation Foundation, available grants including Bergen County Open Space grants, and Borough capital budget appropriations.  
The Mayor and Council, in recent years, has implemented a strict six year capital planning process, which plans capital expenditures, such as the Borough's Road Program, acquisition of fire apparatus and other larger equipment needs, building improvements, and improvements to parks and recreation facilities. One of the goals of the capital plan is to reduce Borough debt while continuing to maintain the Borough's critical infrastructure. To date, since the deliberative and structured capital planning process was implemented two and one-half years ago, Borough debt has decreased by more than $2 million. However, to continue to reduce debt, the Borough must continue to exercise restraint and adhere to the six year capital plan. As a result, to fund the park and recreation amenities that are being considered, additional sources of revenue are needed.
The Franklin Lakes Parks and Recreation Foundation, a non-profit fundraising organization, has committed to raising funds for these park and recreation improvements. The Foundation, which was instrumental in fundraising a few years ago, including providing valuable funding for the installation of the turf field at Pulis Avenue, has now re-formed and is planning fundraising events to assist in the funding of the proposed future projects. 
Their first event is Rectoberfest, a night of food, drink and music under the tent at McBride Field. To generate even more excitement for this event, it is being shared with the Wyckoff Parks and Recreation Foundation. Join the Franklin Lakes team in our sports rivalry with Wyckoff by buying tickets for this festive event. 
The first four projects are already being planned for implementation in 2018: 
  • 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).
In the coming years, several other projects are being considered, subject to funding:
  • 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.  
So join us on Saturday, October 14, for the Rectoberfest, have a fun night out, and support the Franklin Lakes Parks and Recreation Foundation. To make this all happen, we need your support and participation. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help the Foundation's fundraising efforts, you can email the Foundation at