HAWTHORNE, NJ - Members of the Passaic County Parks Department have been hard at work this summer with their continued efforts toward the beautification of Goffle Brook Park, despite the high heat and humidity that has slammed New Jersey these last few weeks. 

Whether you are one of the many Hawthorne residents who have been frequenting Arnold's Pond at the northern part of the Goffle Brook Park, or are one who enjoys taking a leisurely stroll around the paved walkways that encircle the entirety of the park, you may have noticed some welcomed additions to your view. 

The recently added landscaped areas include a variety of flowering shrubs, mulch and rocks. While they are very pleasing to the eye, they also help to slow the flow of water at steeper slopes. As the shrubs and plants absorb excess water from rains, they are helping to reduce runoff and erosion. This is truly form and function at its best. 

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You may have also noticed added dog waste stations around the park, complete with dog waste bags. It is no surprise why dog owners love visiting Goffle Brook Park with their companions. The Parks Department has now made it more convenient for dog owners to comply with curbing their dogs. Dog waste is an environmental hazard, known to transmit diseases to animals and humans, as well as carry pollutants and parasites. Thanks to the addition of more dog waste stations, Passaic County residents can do their part in maintaining the beauty and allure of this beloved Hawthorne park.

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