35 Acres Will be Wildlife Haven

by Press Release | Dec 24, 2006
35 Acres Will be Wildlife Haven Bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a new park designed to serve their interests next year when Burlington County plans to open the 35-acre Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area along the Rancocas Creek in Moorestown.

County staff and consultants presented the final concept design for Boundary Creek to Freeholders Wednesday which calls for enhancing wooded areas, wetlands and meadows for passive recreation, especially watching birds and other wildlife through the use of several viewing platforms, blinds and observation decks along 1.4 miles of trails. Also included are: a bird and butterfly garden, a shade pavilion and stone overlook, interpretive signage, entry plaza with restrooms, drinking fountain, information kiosk and small parking lot. The site is located on the north side of Creek Road between McElwee and Cox Roads.

“The Boundary Creek area will provide a rustic haven for bird watchers and all residents along the Rancocas, while restoring natural habitat to protect wildlife and the environment,” said Freeholder William S. Haines, Jr.

Consultant Scott Taylor, President of Taylor Design Group in Mount Laurel, presented an initial concept design to the Freeholders in May. Since then, meetings were held on the proposal with a review committee, residents, the Moorestown Township Planning Board and NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to refine the design.

Modifications include reconfiguration of the parking area which was moved more towards the interior of the site, expansion of landscaping near the adjacent property owners, and fencing portions of the site’s perimeter.

Upon approval by the Freeholders, Taylor Design Group will prepare final construction plans to submit to DEP for permits with the goal of starting construction in the spring and finishing about six months later in the fall of 2007.

Plans call for the use of porous materials for paved areas to reduce stormwater runoff and allow recharge of the groundwater.

The County’s Parks and Open Space Master Plan includes a regional “greenway” trail along the Rancocas Creek to connect County recreation areas such as Boundary Creek with Amico Island Park on the Delaware River in Delran, Pennington Park in Delanco, Long Bridge Park in Hainesport and Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton.

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