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3/29/2021 - Somerset County Park Commission to Cancel Annual Spring-Summer Events Golf and Tennis Programs Will Be in Full Swing This Season

Somerset County Park Commission to Cancel Annual Spring-Summer Events
Golf and Tennis Programs Will Be in Full Swing This Season

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for the public’s safety, as well as the safety of the Commission’s staff, the Somerset County Park Commission has made the difficult decision to cancel three of its annual spring-summer events. Arbor Day Give-Away and the Rose Day Festival held at Colonial Park, and the Fourth of July celebration, which usually occurs at North Branch Park will be postponed until 2022.

“We are excited that tennis programs at the Green Knoll Tennis Center and Colonial Park are a go, and outdoor programming at the Environmental Education Center is happening too,” said Somerset County Park Commission Director-Secretary Geoff Soriano. “There is light at the end of the pandemic tunnel now that our parks are open while we are complying with the Governor’s Executive Orders and the New Jersey Department of Health’s guidelines.”

“The Leisure Service Committee has evaluated the venues and the overall health risk to residents, plus the amount of time it takes to pre-plan these events, and has decided that it would be in the public’s best interest to postpone the events until 2022,” said Somerset County Commissioner Paul Drake.

The decision to cancel some events was determined by the Somerset County Park Commission’s Leisure Services Committee. Members of the committee include Commissioner President Mark Caliguire and Commissioner Vice President D.J. Hunsinger, Commissioners Ron Jordan and Kevin McCallen, Deputy Directory Pierce Frauenheim, and Administrator of Leisure and Community Services Dina Trunzo.

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The Somerset County Park Commission stewards nearly 15,000 acres of county-owned open space, which is visited by 2 million park users each year. Five golf courses have three driving ranges, a pitch and putt course and a recreational putting course. Other attractions include a riding stable, an environmental education center, two tennis facilities, an outdoor pool, paddle boating, a rock and rare plant garden, an award-winning rose garden, arboretum, and a sensory and fragrance garden. Six county parks also offer amenities such as athletic fields, picnic facilities, bike paths, fishing, birdwatching, cross country skiing, and hiking.

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