PLAINFIELD, NJ - A ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of a quarter-mile section of the Green Brook Multi-Use Trail, a seven-mile recreational trail running parallel to the Green Brook corridor from Jefferson Ave. in Plainfield at the Dunellen border to Terrill Rd. at the Scotch Plains border, took place on Thursday.
This first section of the trail was completed in April 2019 by Black Rock Enterprises, and was funded by a NJDOT Local Aid Bicycle Grant. The trail is envisioned as open space land, connecting the greater regional greenway and park system. It is also seen as "an alternative means of safe non-motorized transportation highlighting the downtown commercial area and other cultural and historic points of interest within the City of Plainfield and Borough of North Plainfield."
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp said the project has been a long time in the making. "This dates back, I believe, to the former late mayor and friend Al McWilliams. And so it is very fitting that I see in the audience Darlene McWilliams and Annie McWilliams, as well as Maya, the next generation. So I want to welcome you, especially, given this was the brainchild of your dad and late husband."
Mapp said the project is important to the city as it focuses on health and wellness, and creates recreational opportunities for residents.
According to Planning Director William Nierstedt, the history of the trail goes all the way back to the 1924 Olmstead Brothers design that is in proximity to the Drake House Museum, and the Union County Parks System of brooks and rivers that would be connected by pedestrian walkways.
Nierstedt said April Stefel, Principal Planner & Brownfields Coordinator for the city, played a crucial role that included submitting grant applications, and noted that the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority graciously agreed to accept the debris and vegetation.
Get out and enjoy the trail soon!
TAPintoPlainfield.net is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news.