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Hillsborough: 369-Acre Mountain View Park Athletic Facility Opens

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Workmen erected the Mountain View Park sign late Friday morning. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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County parks' employees were busy Friday getting ready for the official opening of Mountain View Park. County and township officials will be on hand for the dedication.
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The grounds crew puts the finishing touches on the Field 3 diamond Friday. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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The 369-acre park includes several baseball fields, with room for at least six more. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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A state-of-the-art playground complex has been installed at Mountain View Park. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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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.

 

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