STATE PARKS BEGIN REOPENING TODAY

JOINT  INFORMATION CENTER

MEDIA RELEASE

 

Governor Chris Christie  s Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, Director, State office of Emergency Management

 

                                                                       

 

 

Immediate Release                                                       Contact: Lawrence Ragonese (609) 292-2994

Aug. 30, 2011                                                                          Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795

 

 

 

STATE PARKS BEGIN REOPENING TODAY

 

 

 TRENTON – Many State Parks across New Jersey reopened today following a thorough and   continuing review and inspection of dozens of State-owned natural, recreational and historic sites from High Point to Cape May in the aftermath of damage caused by Hurricane Irene. Thirty of 42 State Parks and Recreation Areas reopened today, including some of the most popular venues, such as Liberty State Park, Island Beach State Park, Allaire State Park and Ringwood State Park. Also, State administered marinas are open for slip holders. Visitors should call park areas to check availability of amenities, including swimming, historic sites and camps.

 

Some State Parks will stagger openings over the next few days as further inspections are done, needed repairs are made, flooding recedes and power is restored. In some cases, only portions of State Parks will immediately reopen in time for the Labor Day weekend, with some damaged trails and facilities off limits and some swimming areas closed temporarily. All State Parks

will open completely once they are deemed safe for public access. “We are working hard to get these incredible State Parks open as quickly as possible,” said Governor Christie. “We want these Parks open to the public for Labor Day weekend and for the remainder of the summer, so our

residents can enjoy these beautiful State assets.” “The DEP’s Division of Parks and Forestry is working diligently to assess the health of all State Parks to ensure the integrity of the facilities and safety of our residents in a park system that draws more than 18 million visitors annually,” added DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.

 

 

State Parks Begins Reopening Today – Continue

 

Before planning a visit to a State Park or historic site please call ahead to make sure it has re-opened. For individual contact information and directions to areas, please visit:

 

http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/.

 

 

Nine State Parks suffered more significant storm damage and are temporarily closed pending thorough inspections and repairs and to address all safety concerns. At Wharton State Forest, the Mullica and Batsto Rivers converged and flooded Batsto Village, overwhelmed some bridges and roads, and caused power and communications outages. The park areas will be closed pending evaluation and restoration. Parts of Brendan Byrne State Park, which has flooded roads and a loss of power, may not be accessible for inspection for several days. Cheesequake State Park suffered road washouts, a loss of power, and many downed trees. It will likely be reopened this week, but the swimming area may remain closed for the rest of the season. Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park has significant damage. Access is limited, historic properties are flooded, with repairs ongoing.

 

The following State Park day use areas opened as of today:

 

Abram S. Hewitt State Forest

Allaire State Park

Allamuchy Mountain State Park

Barnegat Light State Park

Bass River State Forest

Belleplain State Forest

Cape May Point State Park

Corson’s Inlet State Park

Double Trouble State Park

Farney State Park

Hacklebarney State Park

High Point State Park

Hopatcong State Park

Island Beach State Park

Jenny Jump State Forest

Liberty State Park

Long Pond Ironworks State Park

Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Norvin Green State Forest

Parvin State Park (August 31)

Penn State Forest

Princeton Battlefield State Park

Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Rancocas State Park

 

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State Parks Begins Reopening Today – Continued

 

 

Ringwood State Park

Spruce Run Recreation Area

Stephens State Park

Swartswood State Park

Voorhees State Park

Warren Grove Recreation Area

Day Use Areas Temporarily Closed Pending Power Restoration:

Round Valley Recreation Area

Washington Crossing State Park

Areas Closed Pending

 

 

Assessment and Repairs:

 

Brendan Bryne State Forest

Bull’s Island Recreation Area

Cheesequake State Park

D&R Canal State Park

Fort Mott State Park

Kittatinny Valley State Park (trails open)

Stokes State Forest

Wawayanda State Park

Wharton State Forest/Atsion Recreation Area

Worthington State Forest

 

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