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Hunterdon County Commissioner Soloway attends grand opening of Musconetcong Island Park

ASBURY, NJ (Warren County) – Hunterdon County Commissioner, Susan Soloway, recently attended the ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the grand opening of Musconetcong Island Park a project that has been decades long in the making. The park is located at 152 Asbury West Portal Road in Asbury.

The former lab building for Asbury Carbons has been refurbished and is now a refuge for people to enjoy access to the river for fishing, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing.

The quarter-acre island in the Musconetcong River contained an abandoned former mill building donated by Asbury Carbons to Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) in 1999. The building was deemed unsafe, and while there was a stairway to the island, public access had been barred by a guardrail.

Commissioner Soloway said, “It was an exciting day celebrating the opening of Musconetcong Island Park. It is not often that a new park is created, and this one took years of planning to bring to full completion. This is the only park in the Musconetcong River, and it is now safely accessible to the Asbury Historic District and Bethlehem Township by a sidewalk. It is a perfect location for people to gather and enjoy recreational activities outdoors. I congratulate everyone that was involved in making this park a reality.”

Thanks to the NJ Green Acres Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the National Park Foundation, the MWA was able to secure funds to remove the abandoned building, allowing the public to safely access the island for recreation purposes.

The island’s platform will enable gatherings and other community activities, and offer a unique view of the river, Historic Asbury Mill, and surrounding nature.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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