A group of students from the Center for Leadership and Service at Kean University participated in Union County’s Adopt-a-Park program and spent hours last week removing invasive plants, pruning vegetation, and picking up trash in and around the Warinanco shoreline restoration project at the lake in Warinanco Park.

The students wore masks and observed COVID-19 protocols while working, as required by statewide COVID-19 prevention rules.

“Warinanco Park is the community park for thousands of Union County residents and visitors every year, and it has become a centerpiece for habitat restoration, too. We truly appreciate the students’ hard work and dedication to civic service and nature conservation,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

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The Warinanco shoreline restoration project includes the reintroduction of pollinator-friendly native plants around the lake to support a habitat for birds, bees, butterflies and other beneficial species. A formerly buried stream in the park has also been restored.

Warinanco Park is located in Roselle and shares a border with Elizabeth and Linden.  As one of the oldest parks in the Union County park system, its design is rooted in the influence of Central Park creator Frederick Law Olmsted, including walking paths that meander through forested areas and broad open vistas, a picturesque driving route, and many recreational features.

More information about volunteering with Adopt-a-Park and Adopt-a-Trail is available at ucnj.org/parks-recreation, or call 908-789-3683 or email bkelly@ucnj.org.

For quick links to all Union County parks and environmental programs visit The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection. Please note that in-person programs are limited at this time due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 and updates on statewide vaccine planning are available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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