The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation are pleased to announce their participation in New Jersey Olympic Week activities to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the modern Olympic Games.
“Union County’s unique archery range at Oak Ridge Park in Clark and the Watchung Stable in the Watchung Reservation will be used to showcase Olympic sports through educational programs, demonstrations and other activities,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “We are happy to sponsor these events and join with other local organizations throughout the state to promote fitness, well-being and the Olympic ideals.”
On Monday, June 16, at Oak Ridge Park, there will be an Olympic archery clinic from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This event will provide an overview into the various styles of archery by some of the top senior and junior archers in the area. Among the participants will be Junior Olympic archer Yuji Sugimoto, a student at the Union County Magnet High School in Scotch Plains; Lelia Nelson from Old Bridge, the New Jersey Senior Archery Champion; the Lightning Wheels children’s Paralympics archery group; Union County archery instructors Jon Vorob and “Doc” DeCaro; and members of the Oak Ridge Sportsmen’s Association.
On Saturday, June 21, at Watchung Stable, there will be interactive equestrian activities from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The program will allow participants to tour the barn and see some of the resident horses. Then there will be a narrated demonstration of Olympic equestrian riding and jumping events. Members of the USA Equestrian Federation will be on hand to discuss USEF programs and events in the local area and to display Olympic memorabilia including uniforms, replica medals, and photographs.
Oak Ridge Park is located at 136 Oak Ridge Road in Clark, near the border with Edison. Watchung Stable is located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. Both facilities are administered by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For more information about the archery range or Watchung Stable, call Margaret Heisey at 908-527-4806.
A full schedule of New Jersey Olympic Week activities, including information on how to register to attend the free events, is available online at www.olympicsnj.com .