WATCHUNG, NJ- After much discussion, the parking lots around Watchung Lake have been closed. 

"Unfortunately, larger numbers of people have been observed at Watchung Lake recently, which puts at risk the health and safety of our residents," the Borough said in a statement.  "Consequently, all municipal lots surrounding the lake will be closed until further notice.  Borough Hall remains open during business hours for employees who must be in the building from time to time and for residents who may wish to drop off tax payments, but the lot is not to be used for lake-access parking.  Drivers are reminded that parking in private lots and driveways is prohibited."