Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The bridge, located on the Claypit Creek Run, allows a traveler to walk, bike or ride horseback on trails all the way from Locust to Highlands.
A new trail with a wooden bridge and boardwalk has been installed in Claypit Creek section of Hartshorne Park in Middletown, which means a person can now travel all the way from Huber Woods Park in Locust to Rocky Point in Highlands along nature trails. The long-planned link by the Monmouth County Park System eliminates the need for hikers, horseback riders and cyclists to travel a distance along Hartshorne Road when traveling between Huber and Hartshorne. "You can go from one side, Huber, and walk all day through Hartshorne," said Parks Planning Manager Ken Thoman. "This has been in anticipation -- since forever." The Claypit Creek was acquired in 2005, and the connection was initiated in 2009. It was accomplished with a NJ …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
January fun in our backyards.
Winter doesn't stop the Monmouth County Parks System from having some fun. Below are the schedule activities around the county for the whole family. Sunday, Jan. 6 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Creative Arts Center, Thompson Park, Lincroft Glaze and make your own pre-made pottery, which will be fired about a week after the event. The cost is $6 per hour plus price of bisque-ware; cash or check only. Pieces will be fired in about a week. Monday-Saturday, Jan. 7-31 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown Enjoy seasonal photographs from talent that has visited Deep Cut Gardens. Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. Huber Woods Park, Middletown (meet at Environmental Center parking lot) Sunday, Jan, 27 at 9 a.m. Hartshorne Woods Park, Middletown (meet …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Join Santa on Dec. 22 and 23 in Holmdel.
Somehow, the Monmouth County Parks System landed a visit from Santa. The big guy will be at Longstreet Farm in Holmdel on Dec. 22 and 23 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., an event the parks system is describing as an old-fashioned "Victorian Christmas." Children can sit with Santa and enjoy hot apple cider, families are asked to bring their own cameras. On Dec. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m., meet Santa as you also enjoy the sounds of the season. Christmas carols will be played by Larry Moser and Mary Nagen on the hammered dulcimer and fiddle.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Monmouth County Parks System offers free tee times during the week.
Golf season is far from over, and the Monmouth County Parks System is reminding residents not to pack away the clubs just yet. Off-peak season on county-run golf courses means free tee times, friends and family specials and free loyalty rounds on several courses throughout the county. Special discounts and free rounds are offered Monday through Friday after 11 a.m., and after 1 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Group outings can be booked at any county course on weekdays at those same times. County golf courses: Adjusted tee times and schedules:
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Permits go on sale on Sept. 10.
In many of Monmouth County's parks, deer hunting is an exercise in deer management. The hunting program was initiated in 2004, when Monmouth County experienced a booming population of white-tailed deer that was proven to threaten forestation in the county. The Monmouth County Parks System recognizes hunting as a means to control deer population, and therefore control the rate of deforestation in county parks. "We are not out there hunting just because we want to, we are rally seriously trying to manage the deer population," said Karen Livingstone, Public Information Officer for the Monmouth County Parks System. Deforestation is visible at about a four-foot height, or the maximum height at which a deer can reach to graze. Many shrubs at …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
In the summer-long program, children learned about marine creatures of the Sandy Hook Bay.
Charlie Orens, 25, and Albin Wicki, 22, dragged a large seining net into the waters of the Sandy Hook Bay Friday afternoon as children and their parents waited patiently on the beach in Port Monmouth. After walking out in the Bay to about chest-high water, the duo slowly walked back to the beach dragging their night along the floor of the Bay collecting small fish, crabs and hermit crabs as they dredged through the water. Children inched closer and closer to the water as the duo dressed in galoshes and high-cut wader overalls made their way back to shore. “Everybody needs to have their hands wet so when you pick up the fish, you don’t hurt them,” Orens said, as he and Wicki laid the more than six-foot long net on the ground. Children then …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Pam Carlsen and multiple volunteers comb the beach for trash and debris during their bi-weekly beach sweep at the Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth.
Pam Carlsen has been a going to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Main Street Beach Area in Port Monmouth for more than 50 years but her journey as Beach Sweep Captain started only last year. Carlsen, a 69-year-old Port Monmouth resident, moved into the Middletown Township area in 1964. She used to bring her three sons to the Main Street Beach and she has also enjoyed coming to the beach. Carlsen started volunteering with Monmouth County Parks system after she started hiking with her senior hiking group. Starting with trail maintenance, Carlsen was involved with the park system and last year, she was asked to become a beach captain for the Main Street Beach Area in Port Monmouth. “Everyone that comes out here wants to be here,” Carlsen said. “…