OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - After Governor Phil Murphy reopened state parks and golf courses, Ocean County officials followed suit and allowed access to a select number of county facilities. Cloverdale County Park in Barnegat was not included on the initial list. However, as of tomorrow, visitors can stroll through the premises and take in the landscape.
According to a press release executed by county officials, Cattus Island Park in Toms River and Tip Seaman County Park in Tuckerton will also reopen tomorrow, May 7th,
“I want to stress these parks are being reopened for passive recreation – walking, jogging, hiking, running and similar activities, said Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, Chairwoman of Ocean County Parks and Recreation. "Visitors must maintain social distancing and adhere to the other requirements set in place for the safety of the public and our County staff.”
Haines also announced that singles tennis/pickleball will be allowed at Ocean County Park, Lakewood, Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood and Tip Seaman County Park, Tuckerton, at this time based on Gov. Murphy’s recommendations. There will be restrictions placed on play.
As a local attraction, Cloverdale County Park provides more than an interesting landscape with picturesque walking paths. At this time of year, the area is flooded with a lake-like oasis and becomes the scene of cranberry bogs. Later in the year, the waterways are drained with no indication of the existence of waterways.
Despite opening the three additional parks, Haines wanted to ensure that visitors continued to practice safe distancing amid the pandemic.
“We continue to see increases in the number of new cases of coronavirus in Ocean County and sadly we also see the number of people who have died from this increase in Ocean County,” Haines said. “What we are asking you to do as far as social distancing, washing your hands and wearing face masks is not merely feel good suggestions, it could very well keep you and your loved ones healthy and virus free.”
Parks maintained by Ocean County that reopened on May 2 were Wells Mills County Park, Waretown, John C. Bartlett Jr. County Park at Berkeley Island, Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood, Ocean County Park and Lake Shenandoah County Park, both in Lakewood, Patriots County Park, Jackson Township, and Freedom Fields, Little Egg Harbor Township.
The Ocean County Golf Course at Atlantis, in Little Egg Harbor Township and Forge Pond County Golf Course in Brick Township also reopened for play. The Barnegat Branch Trail which starts at Burr Street in Barnegat Township and travels north toward Toms River reopened to the public.