Posted Wednesday, October 19th, 2016


The Morris County Board of Freeholders will hold the last of five 2016 county government ”road meetings’’at the Park Commission’s Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township on Wednesday evening, Oct. 26, as part of a continuing effort to bring county government closer to their constituents.


Residents from all towns in Morris County are invited to visit the Education Center and to attend the freeholder meeting to see county government in action, and are welcome to address the board and ask questions about county and regional issues.

Morris County Park Commission Executive Director Dave Helmer is expected to provide background on the county park facility in the Great Swamp, and members of the Great Swamp Watershed Association also are expected to address the board.

FOR GPS: The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center is located at 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township 07928

In a change from previous years, in addition to meeting in municipalities, the freeholder board has hosted three regional meetings in 2016 at county park commission facilities in various sections of the county.


Children’s education outing at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

The first “road meeting’’ was held on April 27 at Silas Condict County Park in Kinnelon, the second on May 25 in Pequannock, the third at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Towship on June 8, and the most recent on July 27 at the Boonton municipal building. The meetings start at 7 p.m.

“Freeholder meetings held in county parks have given the freeholders and county residents a chance to get a look at some of the great facilities that our park system offers, said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “Also, these road meetings give local residents and officials a chance to bring regional issues of concern about their section of the county to the freeholders.’’

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

Great Swamp

Great Swamp

The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center is situated on 44 acres on the eastern end of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, serving as crossroad between nature and civilization.

You can walk along two miles of flat trails and boardwalk, from sunrise to sunset throughout the year, and enjoy spectacular views of swamp, marsh, meadow, pond, forest habitats, and wildlife. It offers a unique intermingling of these habitats and diversity of terrain that gives the Great Swamp its unique character.

At the Visitors Center you can view the many interactive and educational exhibits designed to entertain and inform about the natural history of the area. For more information:

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 on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Morristown at 9:30 a.m. For more information on county government, visit: