CRANFORD, NJ – The site of nearly 1,000 pink, yellow and blue rubber ducks racing down the waterfall toward the finish line, brought cheers and squeals form the many children and parents in attendance at the Hanson Park Conservancy annual “Rubber Ducky Race” on Sunday, along the Rahway River in Cranford.

In lieu of the traditional shotgun start, a large yellow rubber duck was place in the river by Mayor Kalnins to officially begin the race. The spectator’s ducks, each with an individual number on them, were then release into the river.

Cranford Radio's Bernie Wagenblast read off the winners: The first-place winner was Laura Cohen, who won a $250 visa gift card, the second-place winner, Jim Harmon was awarded a Cranford Canoe Adventure Day and third place went to Eileen Skarecki with a $100 visa gift card.

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Prizes of gift cards and baskets from local businesses were awarded to the top twelve ducks, including: Kilkenny House, Periwinkles, Milk Money Breadsmith, Atlantic Beach Soap Co., Vanilla Bean, Vinny’s Pizza, Lifeline Technology Solutions, Cougar Headquarters and Just4Pooches.

All proceeds benefit Hanson Park maintenance and educational programs. According to the website, The Hanson Park Conservancy is a non-profit corporation begun in 2004 by a group of Cranford Citizens to support efforts to upgrade and maintain Hanson Park and also to provide guidance and financial support to the preservation of the Cranford Canoe Club building. 

The mission of the Conservancy is to provide monies through private fundraising efforts to implement the Phase II plan for Hanson Park and to complete the restoration of the Cranford Canoe Club.

The Conservancy plans to continue beyond the implementation phase to provide guidance and support for ongoing maintenance of the park. We have forged successful partnerships with schools, local community groups and other entities to provide financial and volunteer support for the park. We are also proud of our commitment to provide programs centered on environmental and cultural topics as they relate to the site.