Somerset County Government: Somerset County Park Commission Seeks Funding For Boardwalk


10/18/2021 5:06 PM

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Recently, the Somerset County Park Foundation and the Somerset County Park Commission’s Environmental Science Department have launched “Rebuild the Boardwalks,” a crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 for improvements at the Environmental Education Center located within Lord Stirling Park. The funds will be used for materials to repair and replace sections of four miles of boardwalk trails that were damaged due to natural causes and wear and tear caused by use by pedestrians. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2021.

“The pandemic has rekindled the public’s desire for embracing nature and the outdoors. As a result, there has been a surge in pedestrian traffic at our parks,” said Somerset County Park Commission Secretary-Director Geoffrey Soriano. “Not only wear and tear from pedestrian traffic but the weather has damaged miles of boardwalk trails. We want to embrace the public’s renewed interest for nature and our parks by providing healthy and safe access to the trails, so these repairs need to be made.” 

To date, the foundation has received $3,725. Boardwalk repairs and replacement at the Environmental Education Center will occur in 2022. 

Donate online at or mail a check to:
Somerset County Park Foundation
Attention: Rebuild the Boardwalks
PO Box 5147
North Branch, NJ 08876 

Click here to Scan a QR code and print a flyer to share with family and friends.

For more information, contact Manager of Environmental Science Carrie Springer at or call 908-722-1200 ext. 5324.

Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center
The Environmental Education Center is located within Lord Stirling Park in Bernards Township, New Jersey. Nestled within 500 acres of the western portion of the Great Swamp, over 9 miles of trails consisting of 4+ miles of boardwalk trails and footbridges are open to the public for passive recreational use such as hiking, jogging, and bird watching. The Environmental Science Department oversees the park and conducts hundreds of programs each year for schools, families, individuals, and organizations interested in environmental education.

Somerset County Park Commission
The Somerset County Park Commission stewards nearly 15,000 acres of county-owned open space, which is visited by 2 million park users each year. Five golf courses have three driving ranges, a pitch and putt course and a recreational putting course. Other attractions include a riding stable, an environmental education center, two tennis facilities, an outdoor pool, paddle boating, a rock and rare plant garden, an award-winning rose garden, arboretum, and a sensory and fragrance garden. Six county parks also offer amenities such as athletic fields, picnic facilities, bike paths, fishing, bird watching, cross country skiing, and hiking.

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This press release was produced by the Somerset County Government. The views expressed here are the author’s own.


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