December 1 Ceremony Set For Bayonne’s New Bell Tower at Fitzpatrick Park

Photo Credit:  City of Bayonne                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mayor Jimmy Davis has announced that the City of Bayonne will hold a ceremony for the new bell tower at Fitzpatrick Park on Thursday, December 1, at 5:30 p.m., at 27th Street and Avenue C.  The thirty-five-ft. tower is the new home for three bells that used to ring at the former St. Joseph’s Church of Bayonne.  Mayor Davis said, “This ceremony will celebrate the preservation of the bells of St. Joseph’s Church at their new location”

A fourth bell from the former church will be placed inside City Hall at a later date.  

A clock with four faces, one on each side, is a prominent feature of the tower. The bells are mounted inside the tower.  They are active bells, capable of making sounds along with music or tolling for the hour.  The bells can be programmed to ring at specific times. 

The bell tower includes a weather vane on its top.  This kind of bell tower is placed frequently in town squares and shopping districts across the country.

The bell tower’s location, Fitzpatrick Park, is named after former Mayor Francis G. Fitzpatrick Park, who served as Bayonne’s leader from 1962 to 1974.