The N.J. Meadowlands Commission’s thoughts go out to all who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. DeKorte Park and other Meadowlands sites took a huge hit from Hurricane Sandy. Major cleanups are underway.
We understand that our parks are a major public resource for birders and non-birders alike, and we want to get them open again as soon as possible, butthe public's safety is our paramount concern.
An update on our parks and natural areas follows.
* DeKorte Park is closed to all recreational uses — including birding. For your own safety, please do not attempt to visit the park for these purposes. You will be turned away. Major repairs are underway, and more than 400 tons of debris (mostly fragments of dead Phragmites called wrack) have been removed. Check this blog for updates.
* The park’s Environment Center is open for previously scheduled public programs only, beginning one half-hour before the start of the program.
* The William D. McDowell Observatory is open for free public viewing nights on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. excluding holidays.
* River Barge Park in Carlstadt and Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus are closed for cleanup efforts and repairs. Tons of debris have been been cleared at the entrance to the park.
* Tons of debris have been removed from the main path at Harrier Meadow, and downed trees blocking the roadway have been removed. Volunteer-driven cleanups at this site are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, November 23, from 10 to noon, and Sunday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon.
* The main access to the Kearny Marsh at Gunnell Oval has been blocked by massive amounts of storm-related debris.
The commission appreciates your patience during these difficult times.