SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Westfield's Tamaques Park is opening up again on Saturday, but if you think getting there is going to be a walk in the park, think again. 

While the park is open to walkers and hikers, cars are prohibited.

“The Westfield Police Department will maintain a constant police presence in the park, and the officer(s) assigned will also be charged with enforcing a temporary no parking order,” Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro said.

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Don't think about parking nearby because the parking has been temporarily restricted on nearby streets, where signs have been placed to inform drivers. Scotch Plains residents also were informed via an email from Police Chief Ted Conley.

We are restricting parking on the streets surrounding Tamaques Park, specifically: Bayberry Lane, Buttonwood Lane, and Quimby Lane. The park is opening up again tomorrow, but there will be no parking inside it.

We have implemented these restrictions in an effort to keep the surrounding streets from becoming overwhelmed with vehicular traffic. To our residents, please adhere to these restrictions as well, if you or a visitor to your residence decide to ignore the signs and park in the No Parking area, there will be several other cars that do the same!

These restrictions will remain in place until the vehicular parking in the park opens back up. Thank you for understanding.

Chief Conley

"We already have gotten complaints from residents about potential overflow from Scotch Plains," Mayor Al Smith told TAPintoSPF. "Scotch Plains has put up temporary 'No Parking' signs so that people don't park on our streets because Westfield is not allowing parking at its parks. If the purpose is to not have people in cars congregate in Tamaques Park, why should we have cars congregate on Scotch Plains streets?"

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