SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The site of countless children's birthday parties and fun summer afternoons throughout Union County, Bowcraft's days have been numbered for several years.

In 2016, the Scotch Plains Planning Board approved a proposal from developers who bought the property and planned to create a complex of affordable apartments and townhomes.

Art Bernard, the former executive director of COAH, then testified that the proposed housing project would accommodate 454 residents, including 51 additional school-age children who would likely enter the Scotch Plains and Fanwood K-12 School District.

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The once-thriving amusement park sold its rides in 2017 and sat empty for months before demolition commenced during the past week.The iconic local amusement park on Route 22 West opened shortly after WWII and brought joy to generations of children.

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