BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - TAPinto Berkeley Heights continues our "Catch up with Mayor Angie Devanney" series. In a recent edition, Mayor Angie Devanney provides an update on Snyder Avenue Park and new trail opportunities in Berkeley Heights. 

"We'll start with Snyder first because I think residents probably see all the construction that's going on," said Mayor Angie Devanney.

Related article: Installation of Turf at Snyder Avenue Park's Baseball Field Nearing Completion

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The county is building a new, all turf baseball field. "It is going to be state of the art -- probably one of the best in the state," she said. The field is using the same product used at major league baseball stadiums.  The infield, the outfield, and the track all play like a regular grass or dirt field. They also are improving the netting, she said. 

The County Recreation Department is working hand in hand with the Environmental Commission with plans to install a trail along the Passaic River. "It's a bit of a natural type of trail, so it may not be appropriate for the senior trail that I wanted to do," said Devanney. The plans are being worked out to create a continuous trail from Berkeley Heights to New Providence to Summit.  

There are also talks about installing a Disc Golf course. Currently, the materials are backordered. "It's a growing exciting sport. So we think it'll happen this spring," said Devanney.  

Council Meeting: The final adoption of the extension of the outdoor dining ordinance will take place on Tuesday, April 6 at our next council meeting, said Devanney.  "The Council and I are also looking at a permanent outdoor dining ordinance but that's going to take a little bit of time because some of the restaurants are using their parking lot, so we have to ensure that there's ample parking."

Click herepdf to view full agenda for Tuesday's meeting that includes the introduction of the 2021 Municipal Budget. 

COVID-19 Update: 

  • Thursday, April 1: 10 new cases reported, 34 active cases (4 from vulnerable population institutions)
  • Friday, April 2: 9 new cases reported; 43 active cases (7 from vulnerable population institutions)
  • Sunday, April 4: 8 new cases reported; 44 active cases (7 from vulnerable population institutions)
  • Monday, April 5: 2 new cases reported; 44 active cases (7 from vulnerable population institutions)

There have been a total of 1,190 reported cases in Berkeley Heights since the onset of pandemic. There have been 60 LTC deaths, seven Berkeley Heights resident deaths. Visit the Berkeley Heights Township website for latest COVID-19 updates.

Click to listen to audio recording of weekly interview.