Verona breaks ground for inclusive playground

On Monday, March 25, Verona Mayor Christopher Tamburro and members of the Verona Council kicked off construction on the Township’s new fully inclusive playground located at the Community Center. The new playground space was carefully designed to bring families of all abilities together for play and socialization. 

Funders for the project included the Essex County Community Development Grant Program, Partners for Health Foundation, Verona’s Community Services and Recreation Advisory Committee, and Greenfields Outdoor Fitness. NJ Assemblyman Al Barlas (third from right in the photo) was among the dignitaries who attended the groundbreaking event. 

The new playground will be slightly larger than the previous one, encompassing approximately 5,000 square feet. It will feature both a children’s play area and an adult fitness section. The playground’s design promotes inclusivity and cognitive learning, and all of its components, including the adult exercise equipment, will be wheelchair accessible.  

The Township anticipates that the playground will open to the public by the summer of 2024.