Mayor Sam Joshi announces municipal plans for 2022

EDISON — A water park for young children in Papaianni Park, a community garden in Thomas Swales Park and major upgrades to the Toth Health Center are three projects set to kick off this year.

The plans were announced Tuesday during Mayor Sam Joshi’s state of the township address.

“After the final years of this pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we preserve and expand these outdoor spaces so that our community can have the same wonderful experience I had here at Edison,” Joshi said.

The mayor said the water park at Papaianni Park will honor the diversity of the township.

“Designed to celebrate Edison’s different cultures, including reimagined cultural artifacts like sprinklers, splash zones and tipping water buckets, the splash park will be centered around a replica of the Edison Tower “Joshi said. “Diversity will be showcased with water features such as as a dragon, elephant and Roman soldier to name a few.

Rendering of the planned spray park at Papaianni Park.

The water park will be completely enclosed by a fence and a family bathroom will also be available with changing rooms, the mayor said,

Older children can enjoy the new grass pitches planned for Papaianni Park. Work on the water park and turf is expected to begin in early summer, the mayor said.

“The Papaianni Park baseball diamond will be turned into a grass pitch,” Joshi said. “Down the road from the park, turf will also be placed on the Edison Jets football field for various sports.

The mayor added that the multiple playgrounds in Papaianni Park and the municipal complex feel disjointed.

“We will transform the park into the jewel in Edison’s recreational crown. This includes adding a walking path with easy-to-read navigation signs connecting the entire park from Municipal Boulevard to Avenue Between our skate park, two grass courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, lakeside promenade, fishing, sculpture garden, new gazebo and regular events, we will encourage residents to spend an entire, quiet day here,” said Joshi, who thanked county, state and federal officials for helping the township minimize the burden on ratepayers for these capital improvements.

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The township’s first community garden, the mayor said, is planned for Thomas Swales Park on Park Way and Elm Street.

The garden will include 38 beds for growing fruits and vegetables, work tables where residents can work side by side, and a shed to store supplies. The township is building the garden, but a nonprofit will manage it, and there is already a process in place for residents to request a garden bed, the mayor said. A few beds will also be set aside to grow produce for local pantries, he added.

Rendering of the planned community garden at Thomas Swales Park.

Additionally, for residents who used this area for volleyball games, a new and improved sand volleyball court will be set up nearby, Joshi said. Also at Thomas Swales Park, a new tree-shaded walking path will be placed along the perimeter, and the existing baseball diamond will have a proper safety net for informal play, he said.

The mayor said he plans to expand the Toth Health Center on Idlewild Road by 2,000 square feet and rename it Toth Health and Senior Center, with on-site programming complementing the operations of the Edison Senior Center on Woodbridge Avenue, allowing it to serve more inhabitants. Federal funds will help fund the project, the mayor said.

“Fifteen percent of Edison residents are 65 or older, and many of them have lived in our city for decades. They have seen our city through ups and downs and are a vital part of our community,” Joshi said. “The Toth Senior and Health Center will create a one-stop service area where seniors can receive medical care and socialize with their friends, and our health service managers will use the space for important health and wellness events. community resources.

Rendering of the planned addition to the Toth Health and Senior Center.

The mayor said the transport routes will also be widened to include the Toth Center and the number of parking spaces will be increased to accommodate the new activities. He added that the baseball field behind the Toth Center will soon be renovated with a new grass baseball field.

Joshi also announced that the township plans to open an addition to the North Edison Library in the fall using a state-funded library grant that will fund half of the $3 million project.

He said the township is considering launching broadband infrastructure to support residents and businesses.

“We have already met with state and federal leaders about Edison’s internet crisis,” the mayor said. “Edison faces a monopoly on the Internet – and Optimum, if you listen, your monopoly will end under my administration!”

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