Video: Cape May Celebrates Completion of First Phase In Local Park Improvements


CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Cape May Community gathered to celebrate the first phase of improvements to a local park that are now complete, thanks to crews working throughout the summer.
On Tuesday, the mayor along with members of the community attended a dedication ceremony at Lafayette Street Park for the unveiling of several improvements there. A $1.5 million grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority helped fund the first phase of construction.
"We celebrated our 50th anniversary. The school was built in 1965 and nothing had been done to these field in all these years. So, this is just a wonderful way to show the school's expanding and the community," said Victoria Zelenak, Cape May Elementary School superintendent.
Under the first phase, various improvements to the park were made to the multipurpose athletic fields, the garden, and playground area that connects to Cape May Elementary School. The original design for the park was created by architectural students from Temple University.
"Just to look at the faces of the children and the comments they make as they're out here playing on it, let us know this is a very worthwhile project that's going to have a tremendous benefit to these kids today and in the future," said Cape May Mayor, Edward Mahaney Jr.