ReNew Schools will create innovative and inspiring places of sport by transforming public school athletic facilities throughout New Jersey damaged by the storm. Three New Jersey Schools have been identified as participants in the program. Following the storm, with the help of Perkins+Will, we have assessed damage to schools in NYC and school districts in several communities of New Jersey.
For the latest updates on the schools projects, please visit the individual project pages.
|Washington School - Little Ferry Public Schools
Location: Little Ferry, NJ
This campus is a complex of two schools that are situated across the street from each other. 900 plus students in Pre-K through 8th grades use this campus, and the outdoor play area is open for use by the community after school hours.
The Washington Street school, celebrating its 100th birthday in 2014, were flooded with more than 3 feet of contaminated water throughout the classrooms, gymnasium and basement areas. Memorial School (serving grades 6-8), the gym and nearby classrooms were flooded with approximately two inches of water. Additionally, oil and fuel contaminated water covered the synthetic play surface outside for several days, and is need of replacement.
|Toms River High School North
Location: Toms River, NJ
This school hosts 2600 students and has field hockey, cross country, and ice hockey teams along with all other major sports. The school hosts state championships in several sports throughout the academic year, and also hosts the tournament of champions for high school basketball. These championships provide a venue that is well attended by college recruiters.
Since the school is located inland, the primary damage was due to wind. The roofs of the training/fitness building, dugouts and the main press box, concession stand and athletic field toilet rooms were damaged by the storm. Additionally, many of the movable sports equipment (soccer, lacrosse, field hockey goals) needed to be replaced.
Location: Union Beach, NJ
Union Beach has 735 students in their K-8 program, all located on a single campus. Superstorm Sandy pushed water up the nearby bay, flooding the school and the surrounding area with up to one-and-a-half feet of water. The building is insured and repairs are being made, but there is no funding available for the adjoining playground and sports fields.
All school facilities are open and available for use by the community with various organizations using space in the buildings. Community athletic organizations as well as the public at large have access to the outdoor areas.