An official ribbon cutting by members of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will mark the opening of the first-ever Sensory Trail at the Watchung Reservation and in the county.
The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, at the head of the trail, behind the Trailside Nature and Science Center. The trail will be open and accessible to all and allow residents to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings at the Trailside Nature and Science Center.
The Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail is a 0.3 mile loop with a central gazebo. The interpretive signage includes two talking kiosks highlighting the natural and human history of the Watchung Reservation.
Over the past few years, the Freeholder Board has supported both sensory friendly productions at the Union County Performing Arts Center and the creation of the County’s first inclusive playground at Mattano Park in Elizabeth.
This year, through Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados’ “Level the Playing Field” initiative, the County awarded grants to all 21 municipalities to help every municipality provide inclusive playgrounds to children with disabilities. The county provides recreational programs that promote inclusion and social events for people with special needs through the newly-created Office for People with Special Needs, which is coordinating the ribbon cutting and running a camp that involves the Sensory Friendly Trail