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PARK COMMISSION EARNS AWARD FOR
RECENTLY PUBLISHED HISTORY

Natural BeautyThe Somerset County Park Commission has been presented with the 2014 New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association (NJRPA) Agency Showcase Award for Natural Beauty of the Somerset County Parks, a history of the Park Commission in text and photos.

The award was presented at the 39th Annual NJRPA Awards Program and Dinner at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The Agency Showcase Award recognizes outstanding marketing campaigns and
promotional materials that encourage participation in recreation activities or promote health and wellness programs.

Natural Beauty of the Somerset County Parks by Clifford W. Zink chronicles the history of the Somerset County Park Commission with 425 illustrations and photos from the 57-year history of the Commission. The funding for Natural Beauty was provided by the Somerset County Park Foundation. The Foundation is a 501c3 whose mission is to preserve, support, and promote Somerset County Park Commission programs, facilities, and open space through advocacy and fundraising.

Natural Beauty traces the development of Somerset County’s park system from its roots in the County’s agricultural past through its evolution over nearly six decades into an organization utilizing creative public-private partnerships to preserve open space and serve more than 2,000,000 visitors and program participants annually.  The book highlights information and excerpts from historic documents and interviews with former and present elected officials, commissioners, directors, planners, naturalists, rangers and recreation staff. 

Natural Beauty is available free with a $40 donation to the Somerset County Park Foundation by visiting the Somerset County Park Commission Headquarters 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ, 08807; 908 722-1200.

 

MACY'S PARTNERS WITH PARK COMMISSION
TO SUPPORT DUKE ISLAND PARK

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The healthiest place in town by the Trust for Public Land
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8 ways that parks improve you health

 

Jersey Family Fun.....great article on North Branch Park!
http://www.jerseyfamilyfun.com/north-branch-park-somerset-county-parks-playgrounds/


Dina Trunzo Honored with County's Disability Advocate Award

Dina Trunzo was honored with the County's Disability Advocate award for outstanding service demonstrating significant impact in meeting the needs of Somerset County citizens with disabilities, and advocacy on behalf of Somerset County citizens with disabilities.    Presenting her with the award are Freeholder Director Peter Palmer and Disability Services Coordinator Mark Malone.  Congratulations Dina!

Dina Trunzo was honored with the County's Disability Advocate award for outstanding service demonstrating significant impact in meeting the needs of Somerset County citizens with disabilities, and advocacy on behalf of Somerset County citizens with disabilities.    Presenting her with the award are Freeholder Director Peter Palmer and Disability Services Coordinator Mark Malone.  Congratulations Dina!


"NATURAL BEAUTY / Somerset County Parks to Somerset County

Author Clifford W. Zink presents a copy of "NATURAL BEAUTY / Somerset County Parks

Author Clifford W. Zink presents a copy of "NATURAL BEAUTY / Somerset County Parks
to Somerset County. Park Commission Trustee Fred Quick at the Commission's November meeting.

Somerset County Park Commission Trustee Fred Quick at the Commission's November meeting.

Commission President Steve Fuerst accepts copy of NATURAL BEAUTY / Somerset County Parks,
from Park Foundation Trustee Fred Quick and Deputy Director Cindie Sullivan.

 

PARK COMMISSION PUBLISHES BOOK TO CHRONICLE
SIX DECADES OF GROWTH


The Somerset County Park Foundation has just released its recently published chronicle of the history of the Somerset County Park Commission, Natural Beauty: Somerset County Parks by Clifford W. Zink. With 425 illustrations and photos from the 57-year history of the Commission, the book details the remarkable inception and growth of the nationally recognized park system.

In 1956, as development began to consume the County's open space, concerned businessmen and political leaders spent close to a year working tirelessly to help pass a public referendum to establish the Somerset County Park Commission, adopting a visionary plan to preserve open space and provide recreational opportunities for the public. Since that time, public officials and professional staff have implemented and expanded the plan into a countywide network of 26 parks encompassing more than 13,500 acres.

The Somerset County Park System includes multiple award-winning facilities including the Environmental Education and Equestrian Centers at Lord Stirling Park, the horticultural centers at Colonial Park and Leonard J. Buck Garden, the Torpey Athletic Complex, Natirar Park, the Sourland Mountain Preserve, and Neshanic Valley Golf Course, the flagship facility in the five championship golf course system.

Natural Beauty traces the development of Somerset County's park system from its roots in the County's agricultural past through its evolution over nearly six decades into an organization utilizing creative public-private partnerships to preserve open space and serve more than 2,000,000 visitors and program participants annually. The book highlights information and excerpts from historic documents and interviews with former and present elected officials, commissioners, directors, planners, naturalists, rangers and recreation staff. Clifford W. Zink, a resident of Princeton, NJ, is an award-winning historian, preservation consultant, and author of five books on New Jersey's historic landscapes and industries.

The Somerset County Park Foundation is a 501c3 whose mission is to preserve, support, and promote Somerset County Park Commission programs, facilities, and open space through advocacy and fundraising.

Natural Beauty is available free with a $40 donation to the Somerset County Park Foundation by visiting the Somerset County Park Commission Headquarters 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ, 08807; 908 722-1200.

 

JOHNSON CONTROLS VOLUNTEERS BUILD BRIDGES
AT COLONIAL PARK

Volunteers from Johnson Controls in Raritan, New Jersey relax following a day of volunteer bridge building at Somerset County Park Commission Colonial Park in Somerset, New Jersey.

Volunteers from Johnson Controls in Raritan, New Jersey relax following a day of volunteer bridge building at
Somerset County Park Commission Colonial Park in Somerset, New Jersey.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - On Friday, September 27, 2013, 12 volunteer staff members from Johnson Controls in Raritan, New Jersey converged on the Somerset County Park Commission Colonial Park in Somerset, New Jersey with a $1,000 donation in hand to help affect needed repairs to park facilities.

Addressing two projects that have long been in disrepair, the volunteer crew built a 42’ extension to the boardwalk on the Lois Howe Trail while also replacing all of the dilapidated pieces of wood on the existing boardwalk. In addition, they reconstructed a 16’ bridge along the Powder Mill Pond Trail that was washed away during Hurricane Irene.

Johnson Controls is a global technology and industrial leader creating quality products, services, and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles.

BACKGROUNDER
Volunteer contributions enable the Park Commission to achieve goals and reach higher standards of quality programming. Volunteer groups groom and maintain trails at various county parks and gardens in addition to helping with park beautification projects. At Lord Stirling Stable, volunteers help with barn chores, assist instructors, and help at special events. In the Therapeutic Recreation department, volunteers assist working individually with a participant or with a group of participants, helping  learn a new sport, game, arts and craft project and fine arts, or develop tcooking and gardening skills.

For information on volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups, or companies, please call Nancy Meola, Volunteer Committee Chair at nmeola@scparks.org or 908 766-5955 (NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with a hearing impairment). Information on Somerset County Park Commission programs and activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org.


 

WEEKLY DUKE ISLAND WALKERS Free Weekly Walking Group

Duke Island Walkers

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be provided.  For information call 908-722-1200, ext. 226.

Duke Island Park is located off Old York Road in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The walk is free of charge and continues weekly as weather permits.

 

Somerset County, NJ News & Information E-Newsletter

 

 
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