Transforming Red Bank’s Former Landfill

Just as land preservation can be a very slow and winding process, park development often takes many years and involves several steps. For instance, last May, we celebrated the opening of Swimming River Park in Middletown following a decade-long, collaborative effort.

MCF has been working with the Borough of Red Bank over the past few years to transform its former landfill into green, open space. In October 2021, an anonymous donor made a remarkable $2 million donation to MCF – the largest gift in our organization’s history – to support this effort and the eventual creation of “Sunset Park.”  Now, MCF and the Borough of Red Bank entered a formal partnership agreement to complete the project.

The park is one of three small area plans in Red Bank’s current master plan. It will become a reality in the coming years, following assessment and clean-up of the site, further planning with community input, additional fundraising, and construction. The NJ Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF) is a key funding partner in assessment, planning, and remediation, and MCF and the Borough are pursuing this and other funding to bring the project to fruition. Once built, Sunset Park will bring much-needed green space and waterfront access to the underserved communities of Red Bank.

Cover Photo by Fred Yahn, Eagle Drone Solutions

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