NJRPA Award-Winning Projects (2023)

Date: February 27, 2024


SCE is pleased to announce that 2 of our projects received 2023 New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA) Project Awards, which were accepted at the 2024 NJRPA Annual Conference Awards Dinner held this past week! See below detailed description and overview video for the 2 projects! Congratulations again to our Clients and all those involved on these innovative and award-winning projects! 


River Trail Extension Phase V

City of Elizabeth, NJ

2023 NJRPA – Gregory A. Marshall Conservation Award

Category: Multi Use Facility 

Location: Intersection of Cole Place, Clifton Street & Trenton Avenue

Award Description: This award recognizes a park and recreation agency that has made an outstanding effort or innovation during the last 1-3 years to sustain and improve the build or national environment and/or reduce the environmental impact made by the agency in the management of parks, natural resources and historic sites.

Project Overview: SCE provided the City of Elizabeth (City) with landscape architecture, surveying, and site design services for the design, permitting, and construction administration of a trail connection, open space park, and gateway area for the City’s River Trail Project. The new trail connects the existing River Trail that extends from the City’s Downtown Business District through the residential areas and existing parks along the Elizabeth River, to the newly constructed trail and bikeway at the foot of the Goethals Bridge at Cole Place. The improvements consisted of a multi-use path, central plaza, decorative lighting, bio-retention swales and rain gardens for stormwater runoff, site furnishings, water fountains, bicycle service areas, entrance portals, wayfinding and identification signage, landscape areas and street trees. The trail connection and urban open space were designed to continue the River Trail connection throughout the City to create a recreational amenity for the community as well as a transportation link for pedestrians and cyclists entering New Jersey from the Staten Island, New York border. The connection continues the Elizabeth River Trail from the bikeway and pedestrian access over the Goethals Bridge into Staten Island, New York. 

This project is unique in several ways.  A custom entrance portal was designed in collaboration with Icon Structures to create a visually appealing structure which grabs visitors’ attention and welcomes them to the Elizabeth River Trail. The entrance portal was designed to resemble the nearby Goethals Bridge. There is an additional arbor structure which serves as a bicycle shelter with repair stations, wayfinding signage, bike rakes, seating, and drinking fountain. There is a custom circular granite seat wall in the center of the site which encompasses a large seven (7) flag display with flagpole heights ranging from 25-feet to 55-feet in height. Site lighting was custom designed to enhance the visual character of the site and to emphasize the impact of the United States Flag Circle.

Captain Kilroy Splash Pad & Lake Improvements

Township of Wayne, NJ

2023 NJRPA – Excellence In Design Award

Category: Aquatics Facility

Location: 7 Concord Place

Award Description: The purpose of the NJRPA Awards Program is to honor and identify dedicated leaders, employees, and volunteers in the field of Parks and Recreation, and to recognize the State’s outstanding Recreation and Park agencies for excellence in programming, publicity and facility design. The goal of the Awards Program is to focus State attention on the achievement of Park and Recreation agencies, to recognize the continuing efforts of staff and volunteers, and to acknowledge support extended by member agencies.

Project Overview: The lake and beach at Captain Kilroy Park has been a seasonal attraction for residents of the Township of Wayne (Township) for many years and had over time collected sediment in the bottom making the lake depth shallower. The Township’s goals for the project were to remove the sediment from the lake to restore its original depth; extend the beach; and add more amenities including pavilions, a splash pad,  swim lanes with floating docks, and seating for swim meets. SCE provided the Township with Surveying, Engineering Design, Permitting, and Construction Administration and Oversight Services on the Tom’s Lake and other amenities at Captain Kilroy Park. 

The site fulfills a need for local residents as well as summer camps and school outings. As a result of these improvements, this park is able to better meet the needs of the Township residents and provides a summertime destination for the entire family.  

This unique project offers several different water-based activities for a wide audience. It is a seasonal family-oriented facility nestled within a local neighborhood. The man-made lake is designed to offer a variety of activities including competitive swimming, an over-water obstacle course, diving, and recreational bathing. The facility includes a playground, basketball court, volleyball court, picnic pavilions, and the splash pad. The project scope is unique as it dealt with NJDEP to resolve wetlands issues, and required several modifications to provide full ADA accessibility throughout the park.

The completion of this award-winning project and official opening in the summer of 2022 was well received by the local residents. Check out our project video to learn more!


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