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Partners Open New Trail

The Connect to Walk and Bike Committee, working with the Morris County Park Commission, the Town of Dover, and Shaping Dover, recently held a bicycling event at a new trail head at Hedden County Park. The trail head was previously an informal access to the park by local residents. Visitors would have to walk around a high gated fence with barbed wire along the top. This barrier was removed by Park Commission staff and was replaced with boulders large enough to prevent cars from driving down the trail. The area was cleared of debris and enhanced with stone dust, providing a flat, wide trail to the centerpiece of the park – a lake and a large picnic shelter. Across from the trail, the park amenities include a playground and a softball field. The new trail head was a recommendation of the Connect to Walk and Bike Committee as part of their efforts to increase opportunities for physical activity in the Town of Dover. Residents can now walk or bike from nearby neighborhoods to the park. The bicycling event included activities in the park and a helmet giveaway. Staff from the Park Commission, the mayor of Dover, members of the Shaping Dover and Connect to Walk and Bike committee, and other local officials joined the bicyclists at the trail head to kick off the event.

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Morris Park Alliance

The Connect to Walk and Bike Committee works with municipal partners to assess, map, and recommend connections for walking and biking in communities in Morris County. The goal is to provide recommend greater access to physical activity options in order to reduce the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.