New Trail Head to Open
Through the efforts of the Connect to Walk and Bike Committee, the Morris County Park Commission has agreed to formally open a trail head at Hedden County Park in Dover. Working with leadership and members of the Dover community, the committee determined that local residents were accessing a park trail via an entrance that was gated. The trail is actually the width of a service road and is near the park’s lake. Past the gate, the scenery was inviting and included a bench overlooking the lake and tree line. Unfortunately, previous residents of this dead end street were opposed to opening the trail. The condition of the gate and a path around it show that there was use. At a meeting of the Park Commission, it was explained that residents from Dover could more easily access the park via a route from the downtown business area. The route was researched and recommended by The Nomad Group, working with the Connect to Walk and Bike Committee. It is expected that work at the trail head will start soon. A “grand opening” activity is planned to coincide with a community event to be hosted by the town of Dover – perhaps a planned fishing derby or Ciclovia being held nearby. As the committee winds down its efforts in Dover, the project results – maps, photos and a final report – will be presented to elected officials and staff. Nearby, Rockaway Township efforts are just a few months from completion as well. Due to its undeveloped, forested northern area, the committee has focused on the more developed southern section that connects to the Rockaway Borough business district, parks, and schools. As spring weather arrives, the committee is excited to get back out to review project areas.
About the Grantee
The Connect to Walk and Bike Committee of the Morris Park Alliance is in its third year of working with partner communities in Morris County to assess and recommend connections for walking and biking. The effort seeks to increase access to safe, enjoyable walking and biking, and to connect users to parks, schools, and transportation.
Cohort: North 1
Funder: NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids