Passaic County Freeholders Join NY-NJ Trail Conference and Google to Kick Off Hiking Season


The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced a partnership on Monday with Google and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference earlier this week to photograph the 2,000 miles of the Passaic County Trail Network using a 360-degree camera provided by Google as part of the Google Street View Camera Loan Program.

The program enable the of capture 360-degree images of the Passaic County Trail Network that will be uploaded into Google Maps.

 Todd Tracey, a Passaic County Parks worker, has already recorded about 85 of the 2,000 miles of trails located in the county.

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“This exciting partnership with Google, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, and Passaic County is going to make our park system more accessible and user-friendly to residents and visitors,” said Assad Akhter, Passaic County Freeholder and member of the Passaic County Open Space Advisory Committee.  “It is yet another example of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders commitment to investing in our parks, recreation, and open space.”

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is a non-profit organization run by volunteers which protects and maintains of publicly accessible and authorized trails in the region.

The Passaic County Trail Network consists of over 2,000 miles of trails located throughout the Passaic County Park System, including the Garret Mountain Reservation, Rifle Camp Park, Friendship Park, Tranquility Ridge, Highlands Preserve, and Apshawa Preserve.  

The county has been working over the last few years to make all of its parks more accessible. Over the last two years, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders has invested almost $300,000 in upgrading and enhancing trails throughout the county including Garret Mountain Reservation and Rifle Camp Park in Woodland Park.

“In my hometown of West Milford and throughout Passaic County we are steadfast in our efforts to enhance, protect, and maintain parkland,” stated Freeholder Terry Duffy. “The Passaic County Park System is rapidly becoming one of the best in New Jersey because of investments and partnerships with organizations like the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and Google.”

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