Sent to us by reader Simi Best:
The Grand Re-opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 25th from 1-3 PM in front of the park (on Grove Avenue in Metuchen just north of the Northeast Corridor train overpass). The ribbon cutting will be at 2 PM; town officials will be present. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The reason for this great event: three girls who took it upon themselves to do their Girl Scout Silver Project and help the town out.
In the Spring of 2010, three Metuchen Girl Scouts - then ages 12 and 13 - noticed a park that had become completely overgrown since opening 10 years earlier as part of the town's centennial celebration, its sign worn and its path barely distinguishable. Thus started a year-long mission by Annie Pahlow, Katie Facchini and Simi Best to restore Centennial Park to its original condition - and better - as their Girl Scout silver award project.
The Scouts and town workers cleared Centennial Park's path of vegetation, spread 60 cubic yards of woodchips, stained tables, and plan to install educational signs. The Department of Public Works worked closely with the girls, which was a tremendous help in making this possible. In addition to Public Works, the Metuchen Recreation Commission, Metuchen Environmental Commission, and Girl Scout Troop 81645 helped to get the park cleaned up and safe for the public.
Great work, Scouts!