NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -Middlesex County and city officials are to mark the opening of the newly-completed New Brunswick Boat Landing in Boyd Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 18.

Leading the occasion will be Mayor Jim Cahill, Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher Rafano and Freeholder Stephen Dalina, chair of the board’s parks and recreation committee.

The improvement project, which began in 2006, includes the placing of buoys marking the channel up the river, deepening of the river in some parts, construction of the docks and improvements to Boyd Park, according to county Parks and Recreation Director Ralph Albanir. The modular floating dock has 24 slips that can accommodate boats up to 35-feet long, with two end berths for boats up to 45 feet.

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Officials noted the landing is within a 5- to 7-minute walk of the city's downtown business district, with its restaurants and theaters that can be safely reached via the New Street-Route 18 pedestrian overpass.

The docks will be free for the first year to draw public use, Albanir said. “The boats do have to register with the dock attendant and there are specific hours of operation,” he said. “There are no overnight stays and they will have to register on the site to make sure we know whose boat is in that location.”

Dalina expressed high hopes for the dock and contended its use may cut down on vehicular traffic in and out of the city.

 “It’s going to be good for New Brunswick because it will give more incentive for people to go there for dinner, movies, plays and stuff like that,” he said.

“Having people come up with their boats upstream and then docking … and going into New Brunswick for entertainment, for food, restaurants and other things will be great.”

Dalina said use may start slow but he anticipates it will pick up after the dock’s official opening.

The ceremony is set for noon at the north end of Boyd Park.