Trenton, NJ — Albert Yodakis, PE, Director of Public Works, Utilities and Engineering for Manchester Township, has been honored by the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers (NJSME) for his work on the 6th Avenue Park Rehabilitation project.

In November 2017, the project received NJSME’s First Place Award for Municipal Construction Projects, a recognition that highlights Manchester Township’s continued mission of providing quality services to our residents while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

“This project represents an innovative re-development of the existing park which is much more family-friendly,” said Mayor Kenneth Palmer. “Mr. Yodakis addressed all of the goals of the re-development in a creative and cost efficient way.”

Located in the heart of the Pine Lake Park residential community, 6th Avenue Park was rehabilitated by utilizing a portion of the existing layout, while creating a new open space for recreation. The safari theme used in the playground is carried through to the new covered pavilion and beach volleyball court, and Manchester Township High School colors were utilized on the basketball and tennis courts.

The 6th Avenue Park project is part of Manchester Township’s plan to revitalize its aging parks in several areas of the town. By utilizing our in-house staff for design and construction, we are able to realize a significant savings to our tax payers while completing this township-wide park rehabilitation project.


The New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers exists to improve the practice of municipal engineering in the State of New Jersey. We do this by providing continuing education for municipal engineers, advising public officials and agencies on the impact on the profession of proposed rules and legislation, and promoting the highest professional standards to advance the social status and welfare of our members.

Press Release Provided by Matthew Halpin, Executive Director New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers