Daily Archives: May 11, 2012

Our Latest Column: River Barge Park Day

One of my favorite destinations in the Meadowlands is the Hackensack River, and starting on May 19, accessing this winding 50-mile-long waterway is going to get a whole lot closer for everyone who lives in Bergen County.

No, nobody’s moving the river. But the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission is opening a new park in Carlstadt. River Barge Park includes the first public boat ramp on the west side of the Hackensack River since just about anybody can remember.

The 5.5-acre park features all sorts of cool features, like a fishing dock, a 17-slip marina, a stretch of shore line to launch kayaks and canoes, an educational pavilion, and a promenade with picnic tables and wonderful views of the river and the Manhattan skyline just 5 miles away.  There’s ample parking on-site for vehicles and trailers.

I have paddled my kayak from River Barge Park on two occasions to preview what’s in store for paddlers, and both occasions were memorable.

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Ground-breaking for Native Plant Garden

The legendary Meadowlands Marsh Hawks are competing in the World Series of Birding this Saturday, in part to raise money for a new native plant garden for birds and butterflies by the AmVets Carillon on Disposal Road.

We are happy to report that we brokeBlog-header2 ground for the garden (above) this week.

Your donation to the Marsh Hawks will help this dream garden come true.

A recent post on the plans for the new garden is here.

For more information on supporting the Marsh Hawks, download the Pledge Sheet here: Download Pledge sheet

Or e-mail Team Captain Mike Newhouse at michael.newhouse (at) njmeadowlands.gov.

If you contribute $25 or more, you will have a chance to win a spiffy official Meadowlands Marsh Hawks cap and T shirt.

Make checks payable to the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and send them to Mike Newhouse, NJMC, One DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst 07071.

Thank you!