Union County residents and visitors are the beneficiaries of a cleanup project at two Union County parks, thanks to a partnership between the County of Union’s “Adopt-a-Park” program and Clean Earth, an environmental services company. Employees from Clean Earth took part in park cleanups in December 2020 at Michael S. Bezega Park and Rahway River Park, both located in Rahway. The work included spreading new gravel on a trail at Bezega Park.

“The Board of County Commissioners is proud to support the volunteer efforts of residents and businesses through our Adopt-a-Park program,” said County Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Our volunteers play an important role in protecting and preserving County parks, and we truly appreciate their work.”

The Adopt-a-Park program is administered by the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. The program welcomes individuals as well as students, community organizations, businesses and other groups to help beautify and improve Union County parklands. 

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Adopt-a-Park projects include litter and recyclables cleanup, planting of native plants, pruning existing vegetation, raking leaves, repairing and/or installing fencing, monitoring of bird nest boxes, maintenance and repair of hiking and/or bridle trails, and much more.

Groups that have recently participated include the Mountainside Girl Scouts, the Kean University Center for Leadership and Service student group, the Garwood Green Team, and corporate volunteers from Amazon and Phillips66.

To learn more about the Adopt-a-Park program, or to volunteer, visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation/adopt-a-trail-adopt-a-park/ or call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-789-3683.

For quick links to all Union County programs and activities related to recycling and the environment, visit The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connect.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 and updates on statewide vaccine planning are available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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