Middle Township seeks to educate public about open space

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – People want more information and awareness about the passive recreation facilities and overwhelmingly want more trails and natural areas to view wildlife, Middle Township officials stated this week. But not many know about the kind of recreation opportunities that already exist, according to results of a recent open space and recreation survey.

Officials are working on changing that.

Last year, the Planning Board, Environmental Commission and Recreation Advisory Committee began working on the plan that will preserve open space and expand recreational opportunities.

Almost 40 percent of Middle Township is dedicated to open space and recreation, according to township officials.

Middle Township is home to many trails and wildlife viewing areas, including Lizard Tail Swamp on Court House-Dennisville Road, co-owned by the state and the Nature Conservancy; Reeds Beach and Bidwell Jetty at 301 Beach Ave. at the Delaware Bay; the state’s Department of Environmental Protection’s Beaver Swamp Recreation Area, accessible through Dennis Township on Beaver Dam Road; and Shell Bay park and fishing pier at the east end of Shell Bay Avenue.

An open space and recreation plan meeting is set Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Martin Luther King Community Center at 207 West Main St. in Whitesboro. Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7.

An $8,000 grant from the New Jersey Association of Environmental Commissions is funding the open space and recreation plan.  

A map of recreational facilities and their amenities, along with the survey results, is at  www.MiddleTownship.com.

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