UNION, NJ – A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Phil Rizutto Park at the Trotters Brand of the Elizabeth River Nature Trail is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 12:30 p.m.

Phil Rizutto is located in Union on the Elizabeth border at the corner of Morris and North Avenues.  The Nature Trail is an approximate 1/4-mile walking path within one of the few areas of natural forest still existing in this urban area of Union County. It includes educational kiosks and a pavilion for outdoor classes.

Funding for the pavilion, Nature trail work and interpretive signage work was provided by a grant from Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery with in-kind assistance provided by Groundwork Elizabeth, the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of the Great Swamp, and the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation, according to a press release from the County.

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A second phase of the project will begin later this year, involving erosion control and the construction of a boardwalk. Phillips 66, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the NJ Conservation Foundation are among who are planned to leverage funding for Phase 2.

Attendees are required to wear masks and observe social distance for COVID-19 prevention.  To attend the ceremony, enter the park at Morris Avenue, park in the parking lot, and follow the white arrows to walk counter-clockwise around the turf athletic fields in accordance with COVID-19 prevention rules. The dedication will take place in the open area across the bridge at the west end of the turf fields (map).