On Thursday, April 22, 2004, local officials and Lincroft
citizens joined Fleet Bank for the long awaited ceremonial
groundbreaking for improvements to the new Lincroft Village
Green in the heart of Lincroft. The Park is planned as a quiet,
passive green in the center of town with a walkway, tables,
benches and an open area. The wooded trees will remain in
the backdrop of the park for walks through the woods. A flagpole
will mark the front entrance to the park. Future uses include
construction of a large covered pavilion for sitting or picnicking,
which could double as a stage for concerts in the park and
movie viewing. Water fountains and restrooms facilities are
also envisioned. A news release from the Township of Middletown
can be viewed here.
Lincroft Village Green Association former president Mary
Ellen Hintz stated, “We envision the Green to host picnics,
concerts, and outdoor movies among other community events.”
Funds were procured through a state grant for streetscape
improvement secured by Senator Joseph Kyrillos in 2001 for
the village of Lincroft. A contract was awarded this past
January to Precise Construction, Inc. to commence site work
and begin construction of a walkway and parking facilities.
The walkway will encircle the large open space, similar to
the design of Riverside Gardens in Red Bank, in which the
property also recedes downhill from a busy road. A Middletown
Township press release regarding the park can be viewed here.
The LVGA recently created a fundraising entity to supplement
park funding in order to construct a preferred, attractive
colored stamped concrete walkway, as opposed to asphalt, in
addition to other amenities. Headed by respected local businessman
and LVGA Co-President Abe Littenberg, the fundraising efforts
kicked off its fundraising campaign with a very generous donation
of $10,000 from Fleet Bank.
Fleet Vice President Larry Kaplow along with Fleet Lincroft
Branch Manager Dorothy Tanquay presented a giant facsimile
of the actual check to members of the LVGA, the township and
state government on the day of groundbreaking. Assemblymen
Joseph Azzolina and Samuel Thompson, joined Middletown Mayor
Joan Smith and Committeemen Ray O’Grady and Tom Hall
at the groundbreaking. Middletown Parks and Recreation Director,
Greg Silva, whose department will manage the park, was also
present for the ceremony along with LVGA president, Mary Ellen
Hintz, and LVGA directors Jill Henry and Abe Littenberg.
Fundraising for the park amenities is ongoing. Anyone wishing
to contribute towards the improvements to the Lincroft Village
Green are encouraged to send their contributions to: Lincroft
Village Green Park Fund, P.O. Box 101, Lincroft, NJ 07738.
Abe Littenberg can be contacted at 732-769-9881.
Download a donation form here>
View levels of donations here>
View fundraising letter by Mayor Smith here>
View fundraising letter by Co-president Abe Littenberg here>