Thursday, August 7, 2014

North Wildwood Field to Honor Former Mayor

Bill Henfey Park unveiling - Photo by John Harkins

NORTH WILDWOOD - North Wildwood City Council passed a resolution to change the name of the Eighth Street Field to "Bill Henfey Park," in honor of the former mayor Aug. 5. 

The name change was revealed in a heart-warming announcement during the National Night Out event in North Wildwood, surprising Henfey and most of the attendees.

The announcement included a display of the planned improvements.

Henfey, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but moved to North WIldwood at the age of 22. He became a citizen of the community through his dedication to public safety as a police officer and his service of allegiance as mayor from 2006 - 2013.

In 2013, Mayor Henfey and council began acquiring information on how they might be able to attain Eighth Street Field as a city asset, in order to preserve the land from any sort of development.

Purchase of the field was finalized Dec. 20, 2013 - just before the end of Henfey's term. It is anticipated that county Open Space preservation funds will reimburse the city for the cost of the acquisition.

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