Trenton, N.J. – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the next phase of the Hetzel Pool restoration project, which will demolish and rebuild the parking lot at 190 North Olden Avenue over the next 90 days.
“Trenton residents deserve fun and safe recreation spots like Hetzel Pool that they can be proud of,” said Mayor W. Reed Gusciora. “That’s why the city and its partners worked so hard to restore this gem for the community, which will be even easier access and enjoy thanks to the parking project that’s starting today.”
This new phase of construction continues previous efforts to restore the pool and nearby facilities. In addition to making the pool easier to access, the parking lot will include a new entrance with decorative fencing, enhanced pool house lighting, a rain garden in the center of the parking lot and shade trees to replace the existing invasive vegetation along both sides of the lot. This project will also include a landscaped plaza entryway into the pool house with benches and decorative trees.
The multi-million dollar Hetzel Pool restoration project began in September 2018. The parking lot project announced today makes up approximately $1 million of the project.
Partial funding for the project came from the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) Green Acres Program and a Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund grant, which is jointly administered by NJDEP and the N.J. Economic Development Authority.
The Hetzel Pool and related projects are being managed by BRS Inc., which is also handling repairs and improvements for Mayor Gusciora’s plan to refurbish dozens of parks across all four Trenton wards.