SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Glen Brook Park will provide an autumn backdrop for the Sparta Glen Fall Fun Day on October 21.  The activities will be sponsored by North Jersey Trout Unlimited and SCUMA -Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.   

"The purpose of the event is to recognize the successful restoration of the Sparta Glen Brook, including the organizations, supports and volunteers responsible," Kristine Rogers said.

The free events will include fly tying, casting, a tour of the restoration projects, aquatic insect identification and crafts and games for children.  Organizers will also hold a dedication ceremony.  Lunch will be served on a first come first serve basis.

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The restoration projects were undertaken to improve the in-stream habitat conditions of the Glen Brook. The various projects both in and on the banks of the Glen Brook were done to benefit native wildlife and reconnect the stream to the floodplains, according to Rogers.

More than 1800 trees and scrubs were planted along the stream to create shade and habitat for native brook trout and aquatic insects as well as stabilize the banks.  According to the organization more than 95 percent of the plants put into the ground last year have continued to thrive. 

SCUMA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group spearheaded the plantings and coordinated with local volunteer groups including:

  • Trout Unlimited,
  • Sparta Kiwanis, 
  • Sparta VFW,
  • Sparta High School students
  • Pope John students,
  • Sussex County Communtiy College,
  • Boy Scout Troop 95.

Additionally, Eastern Propane, Lakeland Bank and Selective Insurance supported the projects.

The event will run rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.