Grounds Around Barnegat Light Pavilion Last Checkoff on List

Photo by Ryan Morrill.

Hold that thought of seeing any summer concerts at the new bayside Barnegat Light pavilion. The grounds are still a work in progress.

“I think we’re looking at not having any concerts in here until maybe in the fall,” said Mayor Kirk Larson at the recent borough council meeting.

The 96-by-28-foot roofed, open-air building is almost done on borough-owned property on Bayview Avenue between West Sixth and Seventh streets. Details and ground seeding are not completed.

Councilman Ed Wellington gave the update. Borough crews had been working on a new shack at the boat ramp, but “we went back to work on the pavilion with a couple guys this week,” he said July 11.

“They’re constructing the bandstand out front, the handicap rails came in,” he listed. Also lattice work that will line the base was a next project to install after it is painted green.

“We’ve got a lot of little stuff to finish, but I think by the end of the month at least the building will be complete,” Wellington reported.

Regarding the block-wide grounds that will be the lawn, the sprinkler system has been installed. A lawn itself is the last project that will take weeks to develop.

Wellington said a decision was made to seed instead of sod.

“Frankly, the cost of the sod and installation and prep work is just so expensive, I can’t justify in my own mind spending that much taxpayers’ money to do it.

“So, I think we decided on putting down a couple inches of topsoil and hydro-seeding the property. We can do it for about a third of the price of the sod. It’ll take a little bit longer to make it look nice, but I think it will work out better for us in the long run.”

The pavilion will be open to the public, and it can also host meetings and the Monday night concerts that are now an attraction at the nearby bayfront gazebo at the end of Eighth Street.

—M.S.

Reposted from The Sandpaper