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.
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.