In 2016, Middletown Township was selected among 31 municipalities to receive a $20,000 Sustainable Jersey small grant funded by the PSEG Foundation for the construction of a green pavilion with a living roof in Poricy Park. In partnership with the Poricy Park Conservancy, the Township will construct a new pavilion at Poricy Park, and thanks to the Sustainable Jersey grant funding, it will be constructed with a green “living” roof system. The living roof system will be planted with low lying ground cover. Construction was completed in 2019.
Mayor Tony Perry, Committee members Pat Snell and Kevin Settembrino and Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger stand in the Green Pavilion with members of the Township's Recreation and Public Works Departments, the Poricy Park Conservancy, the Ellis Family, the Middletown Green Team, and Sustainable Jersey Board Chair Anne-Marie Peracchio.
On Saturday, October 5th, the Township celebrated the opening of the Green Pavilion at Poricy Park. We look forward to using the pavilion's living roof and Learning Kiosk as an outdoor classroom for Poricy Park Nature Center programs and as a sustainability education tool for the community to learn about green roof infrastructure. The pavilion was partially funded by a $20,000 Sustainabile Jersey grant, a private donation made to the Poricy Park Conservancy from the Ellis Family as well as Township monies.