WOODLAND PARK, NJ - In advance of the borough's annual free fishing contest for kids, members of the Department of Public Works (DPW) in Woodland Park stocked Henderson Pond at Frank Zaccaria Park Monday with 75 bass, ranging in size from 7 to 12 inches.
The staff of the DPW donated the bass and 1,000 fathead minnows as a way to give back to the community they serve. The fish, which cost approximately $1,000, were obtained from Musky Trout Hachery in Asbury.
"On behalf of the council I'd like to thank our DPW staff for their generous donation of fish to stock Henderson Pond for not only our fishing contest this Saturday, but for all our residents to enjoy this season," said Mayor Keith Kazmark.
The fathead minnows are plankton feeders help keep a pond in balance by giving larger fish something to feed on, in turn increasing their survival and growth rates.
The fishing contest will be held this Saturday, June 10 at 9 a.m., for Woodland Park children only. There will be food, prizes and fun. Winners’ parents must be present with ID. Bring your own bait and pole. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes sponsored by the Henderson family of Woodland Park.
Following the fishing contest, attendees can can enjoy the grand re-opening event for the renovated and upgraded Frank Zaccaria and Rose Place parks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be music, food, rides, a reptile show (at 12:30 p.m.), a clown, face painting, fishing and more. Take a tour of the parks, which have recently undergone the first in a multi-phased upgrade plan, and see the new features for adults and children of all ages.