Ocean County Press Release
New County Park To Be Open by Spring

BRICK TOWNSHIP – There are just some finishing touches left to a new Ocean County park that will complement the area surrounding the Mantoloking Bridge and tap into Barnegat Bay's natural recreational activities.

The spit of land located on Barnegat Bay has been crafted into a park that includes lighted paths, a boardwalk, benches, a multiuse pier, two gazebos, two bait cutting and fish cleaning stations, and interpretive exhibits on Mantoloking Road at the base of the northwest side of the Mantoloking Bridge.

"This is a very unique park," said Freeholder Deputy Director John C. Bartlett Jr., who serves as liaison to the Ocean County's Department of Parks and Recreation. "This park, situated on a little more than two and a half acres, will highlight many recreational activities that are related to Barnegat Bay including crabbing and fishing."

Bartlett noted the county took advantage of an exceptional opportunity to create the park when it partnered with Brick Township to buy the property, which is adjacent to the Mantoloking Bridge. The span connects Brick Township to Mantoloking.

"When we opened the new Mantoloking Bridge in 2006, a unique feature to the span was the adjacent 152-foot fishing pier which is actually a portion of the former bridge." Bartlett said. "However, this new park greatly expands the recreational activities in the area. By featuring the new pier, which is six-feet wide and 70-feet long, residents and visitors alike will be able to crab and fish while enjoying a host of other amenities at the new park."

In addition to using the pier, visitors can stroll the new boardwalk; they can picnic in the picnic area, relax in the gazebo or take a walk along the lighted paths.

"The new park nicely complements the area of Traders Cove and provides residents with a great place to enjoy the bay and all it has to offer," Bartlett said.

The County began work on the park in May 2011 and anticipated completion is January 2012. The contractor for the facility is Let It Grow Inc. and the cost of the construction contract was $1,422,994.

"This area is very popular already," Bartlett noted. "Many people had been using the Mantoloking Bridge pier for fishing and also have been crabbing in the area under the bridge."

A new 20-by-12 sun shelter is being placed on the Mantoloking Bridge pier along with picnic tables as part of the park work.

The new park also provides parking for 55 vehicles, and restroom facilities.

Porous materials were used for the parking lot and walkways to protect the sensitive environment of the area.

"This park will be great not only during the tourism season but also for our year-round residents," said Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little. "It combines a part of this county's rich history and our bay heritage. It brings a number of recreational benefits to Brick Township, Mantoloking and the surrounding area."

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