Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 4, 2021

Eastern Section of Lenape Park to Close in June Due to Construction

 

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Commissioners and the Union County Parks Department would like to inform all Union County residents of the upcoming partial closure of the eastern section of Lenape Park, due to repairing the dam.

The purpose of the dam is to regulate the flow of water into Cranford during heavy rain events.

The eastern section of Lenape Park, beginning from the Rahway River and ending at the Kenilworth border, will be closed beginning in June 2021 to all visitors, including hikers, fishermen and bikers. The work is expected to take four months.  

Additionally, the entire length of this Eastern Bike Path, from the Boulevard to 14th Street, will be closed while this maintenance is taking place.

Lenape Park’s western section, however, shall remain open. This section is from the Rahway River to the Westfield border and includes the western bike path, which runs from the Boulevard to Springfield Ave. in Westfield. 

Some of these repairs include:

  • Removal of trees from the slopes of the embankment
  • Installing a new asphalt overlay and fence on the bicycle path
  • Reseeding the areas of disturbance caused by the tree removal

These repairs are required in order to the bring the dam into compliance with the regulations of the State of New Jersey’s Bureau of Dam Safety, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and to ensure the safety of County residents.

The County regrets any inconvenience to the public cause by these mandated repairs.  

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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