A plan to reinvigorate Russell Farms as a community park, and open it up to Wyckoff residents later this fall, took a step forward Tuesday night. The Wyckoff Township Committee introduced an ordinance that, when passed, will authorize the township to accept a $20,000 Bergen County Open Space Park Improvement Grant to fund the project.
According to township officials, the planned improvements at the park include adding a recreational trail, gravel parking area, replacement fencing around the park, dog stations for leashed dog walking, a gazebo, and park signs. All of the improvements will be funded by the grant.
Officials say it will also pay for improvements to the well pump house on the property, and the installation of Belgian Block curbing along Russell Ave., to alleviate a drainage washout at the park’s entrance.
The township purchased the five-acre lot in 2012 for $3.1 million, $1.8M of which was an open space land acquisition grant.
The county grant that will help turn the park into a usable passive recreation space was originally intended for the Wyckoff Community Park, but was transferred to this project earlier this year.
The township plans to open the Russell Farms Community Park later this fall.