ROXBURY, NJ – A small peninsula jutting into Lake Hopatcong in Landing now has a name thanks to some Roxbury elementary school students: Landing Gateway Park.
The sliver of property, flanked by Landing Channel on one side and Lake’s End Marina on the other, is owned by the state but is being taken over by the township. Students at nearby Nixon Elementary School were taught about the area’s history and asked to give the park a name.
Their choice was announced this week by Shawn Potillo, a member of the Roxbury Planning Board who also sits on the township’s Landing Gateway and Streetscaping Committee. He said the second-grade, third-grade and fourth-grade students at Nixon narrowed a list of possible names to Landing Passage, Landing Channel Park and Landing Gateway Park before voting on the latter.
“The kids really seemed to enjoy it and really seemed to be engaged and had a lot of fun with it,” Potillo told the Roxbury Mayor and Council this week. “It just seemed to be a success all the way around from top to bottom.”
He said the youngsters learned about the history of Lake Hopatcong, Morris Canal and the history of Landing Channel, a notch in the lake that once served as a place where steamboats docked.
The new park “will be the first free public access to Lake Hopatcong and Roxbury Township will own that,” said Potillo. “It’s going to help turn Landing from a place you drive through to a place you drive to. And with all the new development and the new bridge that’s coming, we’re looking forward to great, positive things coming to Landing.”
Ramsey Outdoor, of Succasunna, is thinking about using the park for personal watercraft rentals. Under a deal with the township, the company currently offers these rentals on Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna.