One of the few kid-friendly attractions in Brigantine is Shark Park Playground. Sadly, it’s still closed on this crowded 4th of July weekend.
For the past two years, Brigantine’s Mayor Guenther, Councilman Simpson and John Doring from the Department of Public Works have assured residents and visitors that re-building the rusty and run down playground would be a top priority.
The one-man-band known as Paul Amalfitano; a local dad, volunteered countless hours towards revitalizing this critical piece of community space. While Amalfitano worked tirelessly to attract funding and manpower to rebuild Shark Park, Brigantine’s City Council oddly placed more focus and funding elsewhere. Just one example: the ill-advised The Links Golf Course deal with Mad Dog Morgan and a mysterious Florida based corporation that receives close to $10,000 per month for services unknown.
Amalfitano recently share this on his social media page:
Yes it is the 4th of July and yes we have fallen just short of opening the park. However, we want everyone to know that this project is and always has been a joint effort between the Volunteer Committee and the Brigantine Department of Public Works and we are working very hard on a lot of elements, to make them complete and safe for everyone.
Volunteering is never easy, but it makes our community better in so many ways.
But please know.. our answer to When will it open? is when it is complete and safe… asap. How can you help? Well we are still accepting volunteer labor, or you can still purchase t-shirts, Beach towels or pickets down at the Brigantine Community center (Thanks Brigantine Beach Cer) as well as sponsorships for larger pieces that are still available. OTHERWISE… BE SAFE!
Have a Great, happy, healthy and hopefully sun filled 4th of July holiday with family and friends. and we will keep you posted with updated info and pictures as soon as we can.