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Peeking Into The Future of Union Center's Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape

June 12, 2017

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What Others Are Saying About


“Arterial provided “high-design” services on a budget we could afford - and did so in a manner that aligned perfectly with the ... objectives of our Greater Spruce Street Neighborhood Plan.”

Michael L. Powell

Vice President, NJ Community Development Corp. Paterson, NJ

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The Essex County Park System is one of the oldest and most expansive in the state of New Jersey. One of the jewels of the system, Verona Park is the 5th largest park spanning 54 acres containing a lake at it’s center with a concession and meeting space, walking/jogging paths, green space, courts, children’s garden and playground. A destination park for the County, a variety of improvements have recently been made and the time had come to upgrade the fifteen year old playground. 

Arterial had to address a number of issues with the existing playground that included the site’s topography, under-utilized shade pavilion and decentralized play areas. By leveling out a central area for the new playground, an ‘adventure hill’ was created towards the back of the playground that stands over eight feet tall. This ‘adventure hill’ incorporates slides and several different climbing apparatuses that create a unique and imaginative play feature that spans most of the length of the playground. A continuous path along the top of the ‘adventure hill’ and weaves the various elements of the park together including the shade pavilion that was previously disconnected. Age appropriate play equipment is provided to allow both the younger and older children the opportunity for safe play on various components. Other elements include: rubberized safety surface, new fence and sidewalks, seat wall and benches.

Verona, New Jersey


Essex County 


Key Staff

David Lustberg, Principal in Charge

James Ribaudo, Project Manager


Construction Cost



Project Status



Total Project Size

1/2 Acre



1. Site Analysis

2. Concept Design

3. Construction Documents

4. Construction Observation

Verona Park Playground 

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