MOUNT ARLINGTON BOROUGH, NJ (Morris County) – Morris County Freeholders Stephen H. Shaw and John Krickus joined Mt. Arlington Mayor Michael Stanzilis at a weekend ribbon-cutting to dedicate the official opening of the Lake Rogerene Trails, a project that protects environmentally sensitive lands as well as providing more than nine miles of public hiking trails.
“Since 2016, we’ve awarded just over $2.7 million in trail grants creating just over 14 miles of trails,” Shaw said, the board’s planning and preservation liaison. “It’s a phenomenal program, very well supported by the taxpayers.”
Shaw and Freeholder Krickus said, “Morris County taxpayers voted in 2013 to authorize the use of Open Space Trust Fund dollars toward preserving and creating trails.”
“This is a long time coming, four-and-a half years almost in pulling things together,” Stanzilis said in a brief ceremony at the trailhead on Saturday.
Stanzilis thanked the Freeholders for approving nearly $400,000 in grants to purchase about 16 acres of land for the project and another $297,000 to build the trails.
“The project was one of the largest trail program grants issued by the county,” Shaw said.
Mount Arlington’s 9.2 miles of Lake Rogerene Trails connects with Roxbury Township’s 1.3-mile Ice Age Trail at Roxbury’s Orben Park, with the trailhead to Lake Rogerene Trails located just off Orben Drive in Mount Arlington.