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Upgrades to Eagle Rock Reservation Pathways Completed

Cynthia Cumming

Thursday, November 21, 2013 • 12:23am

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Recent upgrades to the walkways in Eagle Rock Reservation along Eagle Rock Avenue in West Orange have been completed. The upgrades stabilized and rehabilitated a 7/10 of a mile walking path in Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation from Prospect Avenue to Mountain Avenue.

"The pathway is an important part of the reservation’s trail system and provides pedestrian access to Prospect Avenue," said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo. "The improvements are part of the county executive’s ongoing commitment to revitalize the historic Essex County Parks System and ensure the parks continue to meet the needs of residents.We thank the Eagle Rock Conservancy for their support and their ongoing efforts to restore trails throughout the reservation.” 

West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi joined the walk-through to thank the county for its efforts on behalf of the township and said, “All of the things that the county has done have been great additions to West Orange. On a personal note,  I live near Eagle Rock Reservation and the revitalized pathway has been terrific. All of the people in the neighborhood who use it to get to the shopping center on Prospect Avenue feel safer and more comfortable."

“When I see people walking along this pathway, I know this project was the perfect addition for the reservation. After being an eyesore for so long, it’s a huge success now,” Eagle Rock Conservancy President Jim Christiano said.

The project began in August and took about three months to complete. It entailed clearing brush and stabilizing the paths that were suffering from erosion damage. The path was paved with asphalt; stone and cobblestone swales were created in certain areas, along with drain pipes to address erosion issues. A new stone surface was installed in the picnic pavilion area along with additional drainage improvements.

The Essex County Department of Public Works designed the repairs and upgrades and provided oversight to the project  to avoid delays. Sita Construction of Goshen, N.Y., was awarded a publicly bid contract for $228,228.00  to perform the work. Improvements were funded with grants from the New Jersey Green Acres program awarded to Eagle Rock Conservancy as well as the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund. 

Also joining DiVincenzo were Freeholder Vice-President Patricia Sebold and Freeholder Brendan Gill.

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