The Township of Montclair has announced that the dredging of the pond at Edgemont Park and the construction of a new retaining wall around the pond will begin on or about Monday, March 4, weather permitting.
The plan to fix the pond has been years in the making, but a failure to find a contractor and narrow down a proposed plan, as well as determine whether the soil in the pond is contaminated, has left the project in limbo.
The town has now selected GMP Contracting of South Plainfield for the work.
Tom Nussbaum, of the Friends of Edgemont Park conservancy group, said at a town council meeting in January that the group is working on a master plan for the park, and that they have gotten volunteers to paint and repair benches and cut overgrowth near the stream, as well as plant tulips near the playground. He also said that Friends of Edgemont Park gained 501c3 status as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.
“Once the master plan’s in place,” Nussbaum said, “we can raise money and have a planting plan so that we know what trees are going to go where and we can raise money to purchase trees and plant them.”
After next week’s construction begins, the parking lot off Valley Road will be closed to traffic at various times and some park paths may be blocked. The ball fields, however, will continue to be accessible at all times.
The construction time for this project is highly dependent on weather conditions, says the Township, but it is expected to last 4-6 months–longer, if the weather is wetter than usual.
The inspector for this project is Mike Disko, Jr. from M. Disko Associates consulting engineers. If the inspector is not on site, the Township is asking residents who live near the park to not approach the contractor but immediately call the Montclair Engineering Bureau at 973-509-5711. The inspector will contact those residents by phone and/or return to the job site within a short time.