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Posted Monday, October 5th, 2020

Open Space & Nine Miles of Trails Developed With Nearly $700,000 in Morris County Grants

Morris County Freeholders Stephen H. Shaw and John Krickus joined Mt. Arlington Mayor Michael Stanzilis at a weekend ribbon-cutting to dedicate the official opening of the Lake Rogerene Trails, a project that protects environmentally sensitive lands as well as providing more than nine miles of public hiking trails.

Freeholders John Krickus and Stephen H. Shaw cutting a ribbon with Mt. Arlington Mayor Michael Stanzilis

Freeholders John Krickus and Stephen H. Shaw (left) joined Mt. Arlington Mayor Michael Stanzilis (right) at Rogerene Trails dedication.

“Since 2016, we’ve awarded just over $2.7 million in trail grants creating just over 14 miles of trails,” said Freeholder Shaw, the board’s planning and preservation liaison. “It’s a phenomenal program, very well supported by the taxpayers.”

He and Freeholder Krickus noted Morris County taxpayers voted in 2013 to authorize the use of Open Space Trust Fund dollars toward preserving and creating trails.

“This is a long time coming, four-and-a half years almost in pulling things together,” said Mayor Stanzilis in a brief ceremony at the trailhead on Saturday.

He thanked the Freeholders for approving nearly $400,000 in grants to purchase about 16 acres of land for the project and another $297,000 to build the trails.

Freeholder Shaw said the project was one of the largest trail program grants issued by the county.

Mount Arlington’s 9.2 miles of Lake Rogerene Trails connects with

Photograph of wooded trail

Lake Rogerene Trails

Roxbury Township’s 1.3-mile Ice Age Trail at Roxbury’s Orben Park, with the trailhead to Lake Rogerene Trails located just off Orben Drive in Mt. Arlington.