For many of us June signifies the beginning of our summer months.  We look forward to longer days, warm weather, less travel time to and from work, day or weekend trips to the Jersey shore, or perhaps an annual family vacation at a favorite destination.  When planning your summer activities, please consider a popular spot for many Randolph residents and families - Randolph Lake, conveniently located in Randolph Park off of Green Lane.

Overseen by our Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, the main attraction at Randolph Park is the beautiful beach at scenic Randolph Lake.  The township recently completed a multi-year project to renovate the beach house and decking at the lake. Last year new windows and siding were installed, and this spring the roof and lakefront decking were replaced.  The beach house provides an area for changing as well as updated restrooms and a snack stand.  Other lake amenities include: picnic areas, a spray park, paddle boat and canoe rentals, a permanent dock for lap swimming, a basketball court, and trained staff and lifeguards.  The beach is open for daily visitation for a fee of $5 per person for residents and $10 for non-residents.  Seasonal beach memberships are available for resident and non-resident families and individuals.  Admission on weekends and holidays is limited to members and Randolph residents only.  For more information please visit www.randolphnj.org, Parks and Recreation tab, Beach Membership.

Randolph Park is one of many beautiful recreational facilities managed by our Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services.  Thanks to the efforts of the Department staff our parks are all open for use, and again filled with recreation activities.  There is no better time to be outdoors enjoying everything our township has to offer.  In addition to the many wonderful amenities in our parks, the town also offers an extensive trail network.  These trails provide hiking and biking opportunities, and are a great way to enjoy a summer day.  For those who use our trails, you’ll find they have been updated with way-finding improvements intended to provide navigational assistance to both trail users and first responders.  Thanks to our Trails Advisory Committee and all those volunteers who assisted with this endeavor.  

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The highlight event of summer in our township is the Randolph Freedom Festival, an annual three day tradition presented by the Randolph Kiwanis Club in partnership with the township.  The festival will be held this year July 4-6, 6pm-11pm, at the campus of the County College of Morris (Center Grove Road entrance).  As a result of a post-festival survey conducted following last year’s event, and in an effort to improve the experience for all, this year’s festival offers several new activities and features.  Along with local talent performing on stage during this three day event, the Kootz Band will play Thursday evening.  There will be food trucks, a beer garden, carnival rides and games including a cornhole competition, and a 5K twilight run/ 1 mile walk on Friday benefiting veterans and their families.  For additional information on the 5K run/walk and to register, visit www.handstoheroesfoundation.org/events.  The festival culminates on Saturday with the Freedom Parade kicking off at 12 noon, paying tribute to our nation’s independence, its armed forces, our veterans, and civic volunteers, followed by an impressive and expanded evening fireworks display.  Please come out and enjoy the Freedom Festival with friends and neighbors, and in doing so, support our Kiwanis Club which diligently works for the benefit of our entire community.    

As always, reach out to me or any other council member with questions or concerns. My cell phone number is 201-400-6747 and email address is jloveys@randolphnj.org.    Enjoy all that summertime has to offer!

Sincerely,

 

Jim Loveys

Mayor