BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission will close all county parks, including the trail systems, as of Tuesday, in compliance with a new executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy.
All county general use parks – Natirar Park in Far Hills and Peapack-Gladstone; Duke Island Park, North Branch Park and Torpey Athletic Complex in Bridgewater; East County Park in Warren; Colonial Park in Somerset; and Skillman Park in Montgomery – will be closed to the public.
In addition, the trail systems in Washington Valley Park in Bridgewater; Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough and Montgomery; the Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park in Bernards Township; the Little Brook Sanctuary in Bernardsville; the Raritan River Greenway Trail; and the South Branch Greenway Trail will be closed to the public.
The closures take effect at 8 p.m. April 7, and will remain in effect until the order is revoked or modified.
According to a release from the park commission, they will fully cooperate with the edict, and solicit assistance of local police and sheriff's officers in pursuing violations. A violation is considered a disorderly persons offense, which can lead to imprisonment of no more than six months or a fine of $1,000.
Bridgewater Township municipal parks are still currently open to the public.