Posted Tuesday, June 7th, 2016


The Morris County Board of Freeholders will hold the third of six 2016 planned county government ”road meetings’’at the Morris County Park Commission’s Mennen Sports Arena  in Morris Township on Wednesday evening, June 8, as part of a continuing effort to bring county government closer to their constituents.

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Mennen Sports Arena

Residents from all towns in Morris County are invited to attend tomorrow night’s freeholder meeting and to take a look at the arena.

In a change from previous years, the board is hosting four regional meetings in 2016 at county park commission facilities in various sections of the county.

The first “road meeting’’ was held on April 27 at Silas Condict County Park in Kinnelon and the second on May 25 at the Pequannock municipal building. The rest of the road meetings in 2016, all starting at 7 p.m., include:

  • June 8, Mennen Sports Arena, 161 Hanover Avenue, Morris Township
  • July 27, Boonton Town Hall, 100 Washington St., Boonton
  • 14, Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Township
  • 26, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township
Kathy DeFillippo

Kathy DeFillippo

“Meeting at park facilities also will call attention to some of the great recreational venues we have in the county, as part of the top county park system in New Jersey, and give residents and county officials a chance to explore them a bit,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo

“These road meetings also gives local residents and officials a chance to bring regional issues of concern about their section of the county to the freeholders, so we can understand and have a better opportunity to focus on these issues,’’ said Deputy Freeholder Director Hank Lyon.

The freeholders last year held road meetings in Boonton Township, Chatham Township, Harding, Lincoln Park, Morristown, Netcong and Rockaway Borough.

One of three ice rinks at Mennen Sports Arena

One of three ice rinks at Mennen Sports Arena

At the Wednesday night freeholder meeting, Morris County Park Commission Executive Director David Helmer will provide a history of the Mennen Sports Arena.

Also, the freeholders will present historic plaques to officials in Florham Park for the borough’s preservation of its Little Red School House and to Madison officials for preservation of the borough’s historic Ahrens Fox P4 fire truck. Both projects received county historic preservation grants.

The William G. Mennen Sports Arena was built in 1973 on land donated by the Mennen Company – now part of Colgate-Palmolive. On Jan. 12, 1975, the arena officially opened to the public. At the opening, there was only one ice surface with permanent seating for 2,500 spectators. In 1986, a second ice surface was completed and in 2002 a third ice surface was completed.

Circus at Mennen

Circus at Mennen

During the late spring and summer months the ice surface in the main rink is removed and the arena hosts a variety of events, such as the Shrine Circus, National Night Out, mixed martial arts events, dog shows and various other events. The freeholder meeting will be held on an ice-free rink one.

For more information on the Mennen Sports Arena and the Morris County Park Commission’s many other parks and facilities, and directions to the Menner Sports Arena, please visit: or

The board of freeholders meet twice monthly, with meetings normally held at the County Administration and Records Building in Morristown. The board will hold its regular work session tomorrow in Morristown at 9:30 a.m. For more information on county government, visit: