Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 21, 2011

Improvements in Store for Rahway River Parkway in Cranford

A hydro-raking machine clears aquatic weeds from Munsee Pond in Union County’s Rahway River Parkway in Cranford. The weed cleanup is one of several improvements slated for a section of the park east of the Garden State Parkway. (Credit: County of Union)

Union County, NJ – New surfacing and a backboard for the basketball court, weed clearing in Munsee Pond, and restoration of a small pedestrian bridge are all in store for a section of Union County’s Rahway River Parkway in Cranford, on the east of the Garden State Parkway.

“Rahway River Parkway is a beautiful green space that provides many Cranford residents with easy access to healthy outdoor activities,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, a native of the township. “Though the park suffered damage during Hurricane Irene, it is being restored as quickly as possible.”

The improvements include clearing a heavy growth of aquatic weeds and undergrowth from Munsee Pond with a hydro-raking machine. This work is fully funded through the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, under a $25,725 contract with Aquatic Analysts of Middleville, New Jersey.

Work on the pond began earlier this week and it is expected to be finished before the end of October.

The basketball court resurfacing will be included in a larger contract that covers several other County parks.

A small bridge over a creek was damaged during Hurricane Irene, and repair work will start within the next two weeks.

“Engineers have already assessed the damage and we expect the project to move forward without delay,” said Kowalski.

Union County has also trimmed trees, installed new benches, and repaired walkways Rahway River Parkway.

Repair work on a nearby dam along the Rahway River is also expected to be completed by the end of October.

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