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Hunterdon County Commissioners announce refurbishment of Deer Path Park

Accessible and Inclusive Playground Equipment to be Added

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Hunterdon County Commissioner Deputy Director Zach Rich this week announced that after a careful and thoughtful review process, the county will be investing in the rehabilitation of Deer Path Park.

“What is especially important to me about the Deer Path Park upgrade, is that the County Park system will be installing a brand-new, universal playground that will include modifications to make it accessible and inclusive. This playground will be designed to serve children of all abilities,” Rich said.

For many years, Deer Path Park has served as the flagship of our County Park System and is home to our annual summer concert series and numerous recreational activities.

The new accessible playground equipment will feature ramped structure climbers, slides, play panels, free standing swings, spinners, and a music center. In addition, to the new playground equipment, a new pavilion will be added for a quiet space, the softball field will be made accessible, upgrades to existing walking paths will be made, and a refurbishment of bathroom facilities will be completed.

Division Head of Parks and Recreation Daniel Bush, who is helping to spearhead the Deer Path Park project said, “Adding playground equipment that is both accessible and inclusive will allow for more Hunterdon County children to be able to enjoy our beautiful park system. I am very proud to be a part of this endeavor and appreciate the Board’s support for this project.”

Deputy Director Rich added, “Creating a playground that can be used by all our children throughout Hunterdon County is something that is extremely important to me and I’m sure to each of my colleagues as well.”

After hearing Deputy Director Rich’s report, Commissioner Director John E. Lanza said, “Creating greater access at our parks facilities for those with disabilities is the right thing to do. As a lifelong Hunterdon County resident and father, I will be proud to support this project at our next meeting.”

The Commissioner Board expects to introduce a funding ordinance for the Deer Path Park refurbishment at their next meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at the Historic Hunterdon County Courthouse.

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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