HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township and county officials on Saturday, April 22 will preside at the long-awaited dedication and official opening of Mountain View Park.
The expansive 369-acre facility sprawls across the former site of the General Services Administration Belle Mead Depot, with panoramic views of the nearby Sourland Mountains.
The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m.; the address of the park is 141 Mountain View Road.
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The park includes two adult baseball fields, four youth baseball fields and one special needs Challenger Field. All fields are lighted with electronic scoreboards.
Amenities include batting cages, a playground, pavilions, a concession/restroom facility, park maintenance facility, and a paved perimeter multi-use trail; there are hundreds of parking spaces.
There is the potential for future development of six additional baseball/softball fields.
The park is adjacent to the county's 5,500-acre Sourland Mountain Preserve; nearby is the township's Ann Van Middlesworth Park.
The property was acquired by the township and Somerset County from the federal government in 2009 for $15.8 million. Groundbreaking was Oct. 25, 2014.
Somerset County and Hillsborough Township formed the GSA Joint Administrative Committee and prepared a master plan for development of the tract which required remediation and a massive clean-up of what was conceived as a regional park to serve residents in the southern portion of Somerset County.