Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 18, 2021

Adopt-a-Park Volunteers Conduct Cleanup in Union County’s Passaic River Park

The Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission organized a team to tackle debris in the Berkeley Heights section of Union County’s Passaic River Park.

Union County, NJ – A section of Union County’s Passaic River Park received a sprucing-up from an all-ages team of volunteers organized by the Berkley Heights Environmental Commission last weekend, as part of Union County Adopt-a-Park program. The volunteers removed trash, scrap metal, tires, and other debris from a trail that runs through a section of the park between Station Street and Summit Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

The team included local residents and officials including Berkeley Heights Mayor Angie Devanney, members of the Berkeley Heights Township Council, and Union County Board of Commissioners Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

“The Berkeley Heights volunteers made a significant contribution to the County’s Adopt-a-Park program last weekend. They went above and beyond to clear a trail for everyone to enjoy, and to help build support for preserving natural habitats in our community,” said Chairman Mirabella.

Passaic River Park is a Union County greenway park that follows the Passaic River and runs through Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Summit. Union County’s Adopt-a-Park program has also worked with the Environmental Commissions in both Berkeley Heights and Summit to improve and maintain trails in the park. In April, the Summit Environmental Commission organized local volunteers to clean up trails in the Summit section of the park.  

The Adopt-a-Park program is administered by the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. The program welcomes individuals as well as students, community organizations, businesses, and other groups to help beautify and improve Union County parklands.

Commissioner Board Chairman Mirabella participated in the all-ages cleanup event and thanked the volunteers for their efforts.

Adopt-a-Park projects include litter and recyclables cleanup, planting of native plants, pruning existing vegetation, raking leaves, repairing and/or installing fencing, monitoring of bird nest boxes, maintenance and repair of hiking and/or bridle trails, and much more.

To learn more about the Adopt-a-Park program, or to volunteer, visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation/adopt-a-trail-adopt-a-park/ or call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-789-3683.

For quick links to all Union County programs and activities related to recycling and the environment, visit ucnj.org/green-connection/.

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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