Enjoy Your Local Parks

by Press Release-Burlington County | Apr 18, 2008
Enjoy Your Local Parks Burlington County encourages residents to enjoy the spring weather by visiting its seven county parks open free to the public daily.

Some residents have asked recently whether the State’s previously proposed closure of some state parks will affect county parks.

“Our long-range planning and dedicated fund for open space will ensure that we not only keep existing parks open, but will continue to break ground on planned parks,” said Freeholder Bill Haines, Jr.

“Burlington County's parks are open for business year-round. Now is a great time to discover our parks,” Haines said.

Existing parks include Amico Island in Delran, Long Bridge in Hainesport, Pennington in Delanco, Historic Smithville Park and Smith’s Woods in Eastampton, Crystal Lake in Mansfield, and Palmyra Cove Nature Center in Palmyra. In addition, the 70-acre Burlington County Agricultural Community Center in Moorestown is open to the public and a 14-mile Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail with access and picnic benches behind Burlington County College in Pemberton.

The County also has expanded programming at the parks which includes free guided nature walks, birding expeditions and senior walks. Upcoming walks include:

April 20 -9:30 a.m. at Crystal Lake and 2 p.m. at Amico Island; Senior walks 9 – 11 a.m. on April 22 at Smith’s Woods and May 6 at Long Bridge; Wildflower walks April 26, 10 a.m. to noon at Crystal Lake and April 27, 2 – 4 p.m. at Smith’s Woods.

A Birding Bonanza car pool to county parks will be held Saturday, May 17 beginning at 8 a.m. at Smith’s Woods.

Planned parks include 35-acre Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area in Moorestown (currently under construction), 125-acre Anderson Farm in Delran, and a 640-acre former sod farm in Springfield that will include the county fairgrounds.

The County also plans connecting trails along the Rancocas Creek, the Delaware River from Palmyra to Bordentown, and the former Kinkora Railroad right-of-way from Pemberton to the Delaware River in Mansfield.

For more information about these facilities or programs, check out: http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/departments/resource_conservation/parks/index.htm or call the Division of Parks at 609-265-5858.

For more information about Palmyra Cove, visit www.palymracove.org or call (856) 829-1900.

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Author: Press Release-Burlington County

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