Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2021

Union County Celebrates National Trails Day with a Restoration Project in the Watchung Reservation

Union County, NJ – Union County celebrated National Trails Day earlier this month with the help of 20 hard-working volunteers who repaired a severely eroded section of trail in the Watchung Reservation. The volunteers were joined by Adopt-a-Trail Stewards to spread fresh soil on the trail and created a rolling grade dip to reduce future erosion.

“We greatly appreciate all of our volunteers who help maintain and restore our trails. Thanks to their hard work, our trails stay in shape for all Union County residents to enjoy,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

The Watchung Reservation, Union County’s largest park, boasts over 26 miles of bridle trails and approximately 13 miles of marked hiking trails. With over 2,000-acres of land, volunteers play an integral role in maintaining and repairing the trails in the Watchung Reservation.

This summer, the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation will host two additional Trail Work Days in the Watchung Reservation, on July 10 and August 7. Each event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Volunteers can sign up in advance online at jerseycares.org, or by contacting the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-789-3683.

Volunteers can help maintain Union County trails year-round by participating in the Adopt-a-Trail program. Adopt-a-Trail projects include removing litter and debris, pruning vegetation, re-blazing as needed, and monitoring trails to report fallen trees and erosion. The program welcomes individuals as well as students, community organizations, businesses, and other groups.

To learn more about the Adopt-a-Trail 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, as well as additional volunteer opportunities, visit ucnj.org/green-connection.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit, 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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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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