The Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners have named its newest County park in honor of Thomas Mundy Peterson, a resident of the City of Perth Amboy and the first African American to vote in the United States after the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted African American men the right to vote.

Located along the waterfront in Perth Amboy, Thomas Mundy Peterson Park is scheduled to open in early summer 2021. The 19th park in Middlesex County’s park system, it will include a synthetic turf multi-use field that can host soccer or football; a synthetic turf field that is adjustable for softball and baseball because it includes a portable mound; a waterfront walkway with views of the Arthur Kill; and park benches. The park will also offer a convenient parking lot and comfort stations for visitors.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce, on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, the naming of our newest County park in honor of Thomas Mundy Peterson,” said County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios. “In doing his civic duty on that day in 1870, Thomas Mundy Peterson personified the right to vote granted to African American men under the 15th Amendment to the Constitution. Naming this beautiful waterfront park in his honor is a fitting tribute to a Perth Amboy resident and American citizen whose simple act of casting a ballot marked a turning point in the history of our nation. I am grateful for the generous support of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and for the dedicated efforts of the leadership of the City of Perth Amboy, in helping to create this new County park.”

“Named in honor of the legacy of a Perth Amboy resident and his significant place in American history, Thomas Mundy Peterson Park is truly an excellent addition to our County park system,” said County Commissioner Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the County’s infrastructure management committee. “Through its location along the Arthur Kill in Perth Amboy, Thomas Mundy Peterson Park will provide wonderful outdoor space for County residents to enjoy. This project was made possible thanks to the substantial financial and logistical support of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which helped fund the cleanup of the land and construction of the park’s amenities and helped ensure its successful completion. It is also the result of a collaboration with the City of Perth Amboy, whose support and efforts on behalf of this project cannot be overstated.”

“On behalf of the residents of the City of Perth Amboy, I thank the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners for selecting this site as the location for the newest County park,” said Perth Amboy Mayor Helmin J. Caba. “The new Thomas Mundy Peterson Park will showcase our city’s beautiful waterfront and serve as a location for our community to gather and enjoy the outdoors. It is especially significant that the park will be named in honor of a Perth Amboy citizen who played such an important role in the history of our city – and of America. I look forward to seeing residents of Perth Amboy, of Middlesex County – and of all of New Jersey – enjoying Thomas Mundy Peterson Park.”

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