Incorporated in 1880, with a population of 16,896 people according to the 2010 census, Delran Township is comprised of 7.2 square miles located at the intersection of the Delaware River and the Rancocas Creek in Burlington County, New Jersey.
Delran is comprised of community minded residents with many business, sporting and recreational opportunities, including water sports, due to its location, and both active and passive recreational opportunities with our over 450 acres of preserved open space.
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From the Mayor's Desk
I would like to take this opportunity to update everyone on the Myers Tract. Mayor and Council have decided to name the tract Delran Community Park. The first phase of the park, which includes three fields to be used for baseball/softball and one multi-purpose turf field which is designated specifically for individuals with special needs, is nearing completion. Phase one will also consist of the parking lot and surrounding infrastructure improvements. Excitingly, this is the first field of its kind in Burlington County. Mayor and Council have also submitted to the County for a grant to fund Phase II of the project which will include a multi-purpose turf field designated for soccer, lacrosse and football as well as park lighting, a playground and restrooms. All will be handicap-accessible. We are anxiously waiting news on whether we have received this grant.
On Wednesday, Sept. 25th I attended the Burlington County Freeholders meeting and would like to share my disappointment to the residents of Delran with the Freeholders recent decision to award Delran Township $94,950 for the Delran Community Park project. Although on the face of it, you would think that I would be satisfied with receiving these funds for the approval of the grant but I have to report that I am disappointed with the political gamesmanship that takes place at the Freeholders level in not providing grants for Delran in 2011 and 2012 and then reducing the grants to many of the municipalities in 2013. As many of you know the Delran Community Park being constructed off of Hartford Road is just completing its first phase of development. The $250,000 we requested would go a long way towards helping provide for a handicapped accessible playground and restrooms at the park. In addition, we would like to put in lights and concessions for the project. With the failure of the Freeholders to come through with the $250,000 after not providing the Township with grants in 2011 and 2012, hinders the ability for the Township to provide for the handicapped accessible resources that are needed to service those individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. This project, which incorporated a synthetic turf buddy-ball field provides for those types of opportunities to allow children with physical and developmental disabilities to compete.
On Thursday, Sept. 26th I went back to the county building to meet with the County Administrator, Paul Drayton and Mary Pat Robbie, the person responsible for the park grant allocation. I wanted to revisit their decision and explained to them that it would be very difficult for children with physical and developmental needs to actually utilize the buddy-ball field without the accessibility of handicapped accessible restrooms. So I asked them to revisit their decision which they said they would do and then present it back to the Freeholder Board. I was told that I should hear something back from them within the next two week. So let's think positive, that the Burlington County Freeholder Board will think of what's best for all the children of Delran and Burlington County.
Mayor and Council would like to thank everyone for helping to make Delran Community Day a great success once again this year. A special thank you goes out to the Delran Business Association, Police Department, Public Work's Department, Fire Department, Emergency Squad and all the businesses, organizations, sponsors, and volunteers who participated in the event. Without all of these individuals this event would not have been the great success it has become each year. The children enjoyed the many rides and activities. Also, we could not have asked for better weather for the event. We hope everyone enjoyed the day and we look forward to next year!
Delran Township Mayor