RELEASE: Gottheimer Claws Back $750,000 Federal Investment to Restore & Renovate Cooper’s Pond in Bergenfield

Increasing Park Accessibility for All Families to Enjoy the Outdoors

Aug 22, 2023

Above: Gottheimer touring Cooper’s Pond.

BERGENFIELD, NJ — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer announced a new $750,000 federal investment clawed back from Washington and away from the Moocher States to fully restore and renovate Cooper’s Pond — an iconic North Jersey park. The buildup of sediment within Cooper’s Pond has critically reduced the water level, slowly drying it up. This federal investment will help Bergenfield dreg the pond for the first time in 20 years. 

Additionally, the investment will renovate outdated facilities and infrastructure across the park — including the installation of a sprinkler system, drainage improvements, the renovation of park bathrooms, the renovation of the Field House, and the resurfacing of park walkways. By repaving of the park’s walkways, which feature cracks and uneven surfaces, residents of all ages and abilities will be able to safely traverse the park. This federal investment will help lower the tax burden on families.  

“I’m incredibly proud that by working closely with the Bergenfield Mayor and Council, we’ve clawed our federal tax dollars from the federal government back to North Jersey. This $750,000 bipartisan investment will help ensure Cooper’s Pond, an iconic North Jersey park, is maintained and accessible to residents of all ages and families to enjoy for years to come,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5).

Gottheimer was joined by Bergenfield Mayor Arvin Amatorio, and Bergenfield Council President Marc Pascual. 

Below: Gottheimer touring Cooper’s Pond.


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