Building a Better Baldwin
Baldwin Park Projects
In 2016 the Borough reviewed the two main parks located in Baldwin, Elm Leaf and Colewood Park. Both were identified for upgrading to address the aging infrastructure and recreational relevancy. The Borough contracted with Herbert, Rowland, & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) to develop a long-range master plan for both. Below is a description of the work taking place and what to expect once completed:
Elm Leaf Park
This will become a brighter, more open, and inviting park with upgrades and amenities. The entire project was broken out into four phases.
Phase 1 - CompletedThe new area will has upgraded lit horseshoe courts (4 total), with a small lit pavilion (20'x16') and two GFI electrical outlets; a new playground area with new equipment and a modern rubberized play surface; a fully functional restroom with plumbing and electric; a parking lot with 36 spaces, including ADA parking; a large pavilion (24'x36') with lighting and two GFI electrical outlets and an adjacent corn hole court area with permanent cornhole structures. All site lighting is LED, which is more energy efficient and brighter. Based on the new design, you will be able to watch your kids play on the new playground while sitting in one of the pavilions or playing horseshoes.
As we move towards construction of Phase Two this summer, the plans address renovation of access drive, parking area, basketball courts, deck hockey rink, tennis courts and comfort
Phase 2 - In Progress
station/concession stand; construction of pedestrian walkway; installation of exercise equipment and play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. The lower field area will include a new accessible path along the edge of the parking area, around the entire field, at the beginning portion of the trail, and around the new playground near our largest ballfield. Additionally, the ramp to the existing restrooms will be regraded and the dugouts and spectator seating will be accessible along with new ADA Parking construction near the Pool entrance.
Phase 3 will focus on the baseball field and surrounding area on John Romanus Drive. The project is planned to include redevelopment of the area surrounding softball field; parking lot reconfiguration; ADA parking and accessible routes to proposed facilities; developing storage building for softball equipment; adding a small playground in place of the recently removed wooden playground structure; expanding upon existing concessions building by developing a patio area with shade canopies; relocation of batting cage; new ADA accessible dugouts.
Phase 3 - In Planning
Phase 4 will focus on signage and trails. This phase will develop a trail system from the park into the surrounding residential area, implement shared street trail routes, install gateway signage, and install wayfinding signage.
Phase 4 - In Planning
Phase I will consist of a new soccer field (i.e. installation of a playing surface for use beginning in spring 2019). Additionally, the old wooden playground which was removed in 2016 will be replaced with a new playground area with new equipment and a modern rubberized play surface. Phase I will also include a new parking lot on the Colewood side consisting of approximately 24 spaces.