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Posted Monday, July 24th, 2017


Cenbtral Park of Morris County signMorris County will hold a public information session this Thursday July 27 in Morris Plains to unveil the design of a new main access road for the popular Central Park of Morris County.

The Morris Plains Community Center at 51 Jim Fear Drive is the venue for 4-to-7 p.m. session. Residents of Morris Plains, Parsippany and Morris Township, who are most affected by traffic to and from the park, especially are invited to attend.

This new park access road would run from West Hanover Avenue at a signalized intersection on the Parsippany and Morris Township border to Central Avenue, which is the main road through the county park, near the Morris Plains border.

It should divert much of the park traffic for activities, such as soccer and lacrosse matches, cross-country races, inline skating, softball and a busy dog park, from residential roads in Morris Plains. In addition to installing new road signs directing park traffic to the new entrance, the county would work to update GPS data providers to have motorists directed to the new entrance.

“We are working closely with the state and the towns of Parsippany, Morris Plains and Morris Township to ensure this project is properly designed and gets completed as quickly as possible,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.

The design, done by Boswell Engineering of South Hackensack, includes creation of a new signaled intersection on heavily traveled West Hanover Avenue.

photo of                               Fields at Central Park. Central Avenue runs along the length (on the left in this photo).

Fields at Central Park. Central Avenue runs along the length (on the left in this photo).

The county in 2015 allocated funds for the design and construction of the new road and the new intersection. At that time, it was expected the final design would be ready in the early summer of 2017, with construction to begin in the fall of this year.

Before they could move on the locally anticipated project, the Freeholder Board had to get a deed of easement from the state, to give the county access to the state-owned property needed for the new park entrance. That easement required approval of both the State House Commission and the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority.

Morris County built Central Park on the former Greystone Park State Psychiatric Hospital campus tract that was acquired from the state in 2001.

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