Teen Injured After Leg Gets Stuck in Hole on Lake Carasaljo Boardwalk

A teen was injured after falling into a hole on the Lake Carasaljo boardwalk, officials say.

The 16-year-old was reportedly walking on a portion of the boardwalk on North Lake Drive, when she stepped into a hole, getting her leg stuck inside.

EMS arrived and managed to extract the teen, who was transported to Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus for treatment.

Coincidentally, last week, a reader-submitted letter on TLS highlighted the dangers of the rotting boardwalk.

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  1. They simply don’t keep up this place
    They should hire full staff to make sure this park is up to date.
    This town grew dramatically in the last ten years so they need to step up their game. Where is our taxpayer’s money going!!!

  2. Exactly!
    To all those kvetching last week about the costs of maintaining the boardwalks, this is a necessary repair that should’ve been budgeted for when calculating the tax rates.

    We have restrooms for public use in many of the larger parks around here. I haven’t heard anyone petition to get rid of that recurring expense.

  3. I have a better idea- do away with the boardwalk. Just have an ordinary, natural, dirt path which is what was there for many years. With a dirt path there would not be a need for upkeep $$$ spent on treated lumber. Also no boards to break under someone’s weight therefore eliminating the chance for the township to be sued, which I expect to happen now.

  4. Yes, boardwalk needs much; has been mentioned to TWP multiple times. It’s also the cement at side of boardwalk along Rt 9.
    It’s also sidewalks along Rt. – along the entire west side from County to 1st – but especially from 6th to 3rd.
    Someone said that using screws may be better than nails, as holds boards down better. They do that with home subfloors (there are mass production ‘screwers’ too – where you can stand, and the drill is at the end of a pole by the floor, and there is ‘role’ of screws.)

    • BTW, I just remembered that since it’s part of Rt, it may be state responsibility. And the state is slower, of course, they are also probably calculating it as part of the Rt 9 upgrade project – which has been ongoing since last summer. But things like this should be repaired much quicker – this is not adding turning lanes, this is danger.

  5. There is no township neglect. I see that road projects are same here as everywhere – yes slow and behind schedule. Maintenance may even be working short handed. But these are the same people I come see remove a dead deer hit by a car immediately so that you are safe. They also keep the streets very clean. The Mayor is very open to suggestions and many improvements have been made. I believe the township is spending a lot of money on traffic, accidents and road maintenance.

    Your taxes should be higher if you want to have everything convenient for you and save time.
    Time = money.

    I do agree the boardwalk is a safety concern. Not sure why it can’t be converted to a path just like the lake….

    • Yes, they certainly do keep things up, and it is appreciated, but this is room for improvement.
      About making it into path like the rest of the the lake, a couple of people suggested that here, but they can’t – because there is water underneath!

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