NEWTON, NJ—The residents of the Town of Newton enjoyed the nice weather over the weekend, taking advantage of Governor Murphy’s reopening of the state and county parks.

According to Newton Police Chief Robert Osborn the Town of Newton reopened parts of Memory Park and Pine Street Park on Saturday, May 2, for regular hours for “non-group recreational activities” such as walking, running, bicycling and individual walking of animals.  The playgrounds and basketball courts are still off limits, however, until further notice.

“I’d like to thank and acknowledge the entire Newton community for all of their support that they have not only shown to our officers and first responders over the last several weeks -but also for their fellow community members over this past weekend.” Osborn said.

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Residents were able to exercise social distancing, which according to Chief Osborn is one of the most important things we can do collectively to ensure the safety of everyone.

“By undertaking these measures, our highest priority remains the health of our  community,” Osborn said. “While exercise and enjoying the fresh air are important outlets during this health crisis, I still caution people to follow the direction provided by the Governor’s executive orders in order to ensure everyone’s well-being while enjoying many outdoor activities as a safe and healthy form of recreation.”

Osborn also notes that it is imperative to continue to utilize these practices going forward so that all those in Newton can stay healthy and safe. The residents must remember to not rush back into the “normal” and remember to continue to take the necessary precautions and gradually ease back into opening up the county and state.

“The decision to close these parks was not taken lightly and the decision to reopen them was given equal thought and consideration.  By following these established guidelines, we can effectively and responsibly safeguard and protect public health,” Osborn said.