Manasquan Bank donates land to Metuchen for pocket park named after 1st African American voter

Manasquan Bank recently made a significant donation of land to the borough of Metuchen.

The land, formerly the site of the drive-through space of the bank’s first Metuchen branch, will be utilized to create a pocket park that will serve as a peaceful and relaxing outdoor space for residents and visitors

The Manasquan Bank team was honored to be present at the park dedication ceremony on Thursday. The ceremony was attended by members of the Metuchen community, local officials and representatives from the bank. The dedication ceremony featured a variety of speakers, including Manasquan Chair, CEO and President James Vaccaro and Metuchen Mayor Jonathan Busch.

“I am proud of Manasquan Bank’s commitment to supporting the community of Metuchen and am thrilled to see our former branch location transformed into a beautiful park for all to enjoy,” Vaccaro said. “It is our hope that this contribution will enhance the quality of life for the residents of Metuchen and serve as a testament to our dedication to giving back.”

In addition to providing a new space for residents to enjoy, the pocket park was also dedicated to Thomas Mundy Peterson, a former Metuchen resident and the first African American to vote in a U.S. election under the 15th Amendment, on March 31, 1870.

Manasquan Bank said it is committed to community service and giving back to the communities it serves. The bank’s donation of this land to create a pocket park is a true reflection of this commitment.