Image: Courtney Armele, The Record
ANDREW WYRICH, THE RECORD – JULY 9, 2014
A group of borough residents and volunteers have rebuilt and redesigned a path through a section of Beechwood Park.
Councilman Frank Pizzella said the two-day project was spearheaded by the borough’s Environmental Commission and the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization, and the two groups teamed up with borough residents to rebuild – and even build from scratch – parts of the approximately quarter-mile trail that snakes through the park.
“We had a group of dedicated, motivated and engaged residents who got together and use their different skill sets to rehabilitate an area that is a unique space in Hillsdale,” Pizzella said.
The borough’s Environmental Commission obtained a $1,000 grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions in April, and used the funds to buy wood to rebuild the boardwalk, Pizzella said.
Over the two days of work, more than 70 people helped cut fallen trees into equal pieces that were used to mark off parts of the trail and also piece together a new boardwalk and bridge. The group also connected the trail into a circular shape – something Pizzella said the volunteers decided to do since the original path did not fully connect.
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