Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 26, 2021

Lenape Park Dam Reconstruction Postponed

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Commissioners announces that repair work planned for the Lenape Dam has been postponed until September, due to the large scale of the project and statewide regulations that govern the protection of nesting birds during the breeding season.

The dam project was initially scheduled to begin in June, requiring closure of the eastern portion of the park. Signs to that effect been removed, and the park will remain open to the public until September of this year.

On or about September 1, the eastern part of Lenape Park, from the Rahway River to the Kenilworth border, will be closed to all visitors, including hikers, fishermen and cyclists. Additionally, the eastern bike path, from the Boulevard to 14th Street, will be closed. The closures will be in effect until the work is completed, which will take approximately four months.

The western section of the park, from the Rahway River to the Westfield border, will remain open to all activities throughout the work period. The western bike path, which runs from the Boulevard to Springfield Avenue in Westfield, will also remain open during the repair work.

The Lenape Dam repairs will 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 mandatory repairs.  

For 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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