As part of the Environmental Commission’s mission on environmental stewardship, one great stride made in 2017 and continuing today is making the west bank of the Passaic River accessible to our residents for passive recreation.

The three-phase project is referred to as the Historic Riverside Trail. In 2017, the Morris County Park Commission gave the Borough a $95,310 grant with which our DPW installed a one-third mile walkway at Shepard Kollock Park, which allows residents the ability to walk or jog along the path. In conjunction with the Town & Country Garden Club, native plantings and benches will grace the walkway. We have also cleared and wood-chipped the Historic Riverside Trail from Shepard Kollock Park to Tallmadge Ave.

Thanks to a grant to the Shade Tree Commission, one thousand sapling trees have been planted beside the trail. This is Phase 1 of a 3-phase program to have the trail stretch from Shepard Kollock Park to Stanley Park. In addition, an observation area where residents can relax or go birding will be built atop the concrete abutments in the river. These were abutments for the trolley that ran from Morristown to Summit until 1912. Working with the Chatham Historical Society, the trail will have kiosks explaining the historic significance of the Passaic River in Chatham’s rich past.

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We’ll continue this work and invite you to come walk the trail for yourself; you will be pleased by
what you see.

Editor's note: Len Resto is running for Borough of Chatham Council