Home & Garden

Phase II of East County Park in Warren Kicks Off

Phase II of East County Park in Warren Kicks Off

WARREN - Phase II of the 150-acre East County Park, bordered by Dubois, Reinman and Old Stirling roads was kicked off by Somerset County Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, Somerset County Park Commission and Warren Township officials, including Mayor Carolann Garafola, Deputy Mayor Victor Sordillo, Township Committeeman Gary DiNardo, Township Committeeman George Lazo and Township Committeeman Mick Marion.

 

The East County Park development is a joint venture of the Board of Freeholders, Park Commission and Warren Township. As part of Phase I, a park trail opened in September 2014, for passive recreational enjoyment of children, adults and dogs. 

 

“We are pleased to announce that Phase II should be completed by early 2018,” said Freeholder Patricia Walsh. “Phase II will provide an even greater opportunity to enjoy walking, biking and time spent outdoors with family and pets. The rolling hills and natural fauna and flora make for a beautiful outdoor experience.

Sign Up for E-News

 

“A planned leash-free dog area will enable your pets to also fully enjoy the park and will provide an opportunity for dog lovers to meet and socialize,” she said.

Phase II includes a six-foot wide porous pavement trail that will run about a half mile, which will connect the Phase I park trail with soccer fields on Dubois Road.  The trail extension will provide access to an onsite pond and will include a pedestrian bridge.

 

The 2-acre leash-free dog area will include two three-quarter acre areas for dogs of varying sizes and a half-acre area for smaller dogs.  Also planned are a 40-foot diameter pavilion directly off the existing parking area off Reinman Road and a 28-foot diameter shade structure off the stone dust path near the pond.

East County Park consists of four farm parcels that were acquired by the County between 1997 and 2001.  Prior to the acquisitions, the parcels were privately owned farms containing open fields, hedgerows, wooded areas as well as residential and barn structures.  The Somerset County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan identified a public need for a park in that area of the county.  



“When acquisition opportunities arose, the County moved quickly.  The open fields, rolling terrain, water features and woodlands within the park make it ideal for a mix of active and passive recreational uses,” said Freeholder Walsh.  “With the completion of three multi-use fields that help to satisfy the active recreational needs in the area, the focus now turns to passive uses. Through the collaboration of the freeholders, Park Commission and Warren Township, the vision for the park is quickly being realized,” she said. 


Warren Township Committeemen George Lazo and Mick Marion have served as project liaisons working closely with Freeholder Walsh and the Park Commission.  Committeeman Lazo said, “Thank you to our elected Somerset County Freeholders and County Park employees for investing the time and money to provide this spectacular passive park amenity in the center of Warren Township.  As a resident of Warren and an avid dog lover, I am fortunate to walk the Park with my dog four to five times each week, and thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.”  

 

Lazo, along with Committeeman Mick Marion, have pursued the development of the passive facilities at the East County Park and Marion commented, "It gives me great pride to see Phase II of the Park now underway, while recognizing some five-plus years ago that Warren needed a passive park area to enjoy Warren's local beauty. There was just no better place than this horse farm and track resurrected from decades past.  As I have referred to this in prior articles, this park is a "Jewel of Warren" and we will continue our efforts to keep it that way.  Our focus will be to maintain passive use and highlight its natural charm.  Our partnership with the county freeholders and Park Commission is testament to our ongoing commitment to bring our residents the opportunity to enjoy nature at its finest.”

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

North Plainfield/Green Brook/Watchung

Making Affordable Housing Less Painful

October 14, 2017

I’m Rich Fortunato and I am running for State Assembly in District 22, which includes Green Brook, North Plainfield, Dunellen, and Middlesex Borough.  One reason why I am running for the Assembly is because of the way affordable housing requirements are being imposed on our towns.

Since the New Jersey Supreme Court decided in 1974 that every town has a constitutional obligation to ...

How We Can Reduce Our Property Taxes

I’m Rich Fortunato and one of the reasons I am running for the State Assembly in District 22 is to work to reduce our property taxes.    

You may not realize it but it is very likely that more of your property taxes go to your school district than to your town. In Clark and Middlesex Borough, almost twice as much of your taxes go to the schools than to the town, in ...

Missing in Warren: Have You Seen Harvey?

October 20, 2017

WARREN, NJ - Have you seen Harvey? He was last seen Friday on Roberts Road. He quite possibly could have made it through the woods to Watchung Hills. Contact Jacqui with any information at 908-963-7050.

 

Lost in Warren: Have You Seen Milo?

 

WARREN, NJ - Have you seen Milo? Milo left his property in the Courtland Lane - Round Top Road area without his collar on. He is very friendly. Call Paula at 201-341-3850 if you find him.

Election Talk at The Dinner Table

October 21, 2017

Why do we vote? That discussion is a good exercise in opening up a few family talks on ethics and personal responsibility. It will also help your children, partner, husband or wife better understand your own concerns about the community. 

The recent debate and Community TV interviews offer great information on our candidates. 

But honest dinner conversation just might ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield – Ellen Parker, 76, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017 in JFK Haven ...
Read more

5k Spooktakular Benefits Team Campbell Foundation

October 21, 2017

You Are Cordially Invited!

Our 5k Spooktacular Walk this year will benefit the Team Campbell Foundation and will be held in Harry Dunham Park in Basking Ridge on Saturday Oct. 28 from 8:30am to 11:30am. 

All proceeds will be matched by The Learning Experience at Basking Ridge and Warren. Register by Oct.

Commission on the Status of Women Presents Check to Safe+Sound Somerset

October 19, 2017

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Freeholder Patricia Walsh and members of the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women recently presented a check for $1,000 to Safe+Sound Somerset, a Hillsborough organization that protects and advocates for victims of domestic violence.

Its service area includes all of Somerset County.

The funding is part of the proceeds from the annual ...

Think Pink: Somerset County Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Event Oct. 25 in North Plainfield

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Somerset County Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh will join Zufall Health and the Regional Chronic Disease Coalition of Somerset and Morris Counties in launching the 14th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 12:30 p.m. in front of the North Plainfield Borough Hall at 263 Somerset St. 

The public is invited to ...