FLEMINGTON, NJ - The news that many Flemington residents have been waiting to hear was announced Thursday at the COVID-19 community briefing on Facebook when it was announced that Tuccamirgan Park will reopen at sunrise May 2.

However, the good news came with a warning.

“If police are unable to control the group gatherings particularly by the soccer field and basketball courts, we do reserve the right to close the park again,” said Mayor Betsy Driver. “Please, please, please make sure that doesn’t happen. No one wants to do that.”

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The park in Flemington is opening in conjunction with Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order #133, opening state and county parks along with golf courses.  And as with the governor’s edict, Tuccamirgan Park is opening with limited facilities and with some restrictions.

OEM Coordinator Corp. Brian McNally explained that the pavilion and the playground will not be opening.

“Those areas will be taped off, there will be barricades placed to block off restricted areas and there will be signs posted,” he said. “The rules for state and county parks will also apply here, namely that any type of gatherings or organized sports are prohibited, social distancing should be practiced and while it is not a mandate, face masks should be worn if possible.”

The governor has said he will be watching, and if people aren’t acting responsibly it could force him to re-close the parks. The same situation applies at the borough park, where police will be patrolling and monitoring activity.

McNally said that while golf courses are opening, pro shops will not be open, so golfers should bring with them everything they’ll need to play.

Miniature golf and driving ranges will not be re-opening at this time.

With the nice weather forecasted for this weekend, McNally encouraged residents to take advantage.

“Get outside and enjoy yourself but act responsibly,” he said. “If everybody does their part, these revenues will stay open, the downward trend will continue and we’ll be able to back on track.”