Letter from JORBA to Rockaway Township

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Letter from JORBA to Rockaway Township

Postby jorbanorm » Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:01 pm


This letter was sent to the recreation department of Rockaway Township in response to a news article about the former golf course on Green pond Road.

The Article:
http://www.northjersey.com/recreation/1 ... _Twp_.html

JORBA currently has 3 active members in Rockaway

Mr. Fiorilla,

I am contacting you both as a resident of Rockaway Township and representative of the Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (JORBA).
If you recall, we have met previously where we discussed trails and open space greenways.
It is good to see some of the new recreational projects the township is planning and since some of them include trails, I would like to extend our help to you.

For several years, JORBA has been actively maintaining the trail network in Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area ( WRWMA) located within Rockaway Township under authorization from Bob Olsen of the NJDEP. As supported by the rules regarding WMA's, the trails within are designated as multi-use therefore permitting off road cycling ( aka Mountain Biking).

It has been recently publicized that the section of WRWMA sometimes referred to as the "golf course" is going to receive the addition of recreational fields, a reforestation effort and include some new trails. As this property is part of the WMA, it is assumed the designation of any new trails will be multi-use. The exciting possibility to connect recreational areas such as Egbert's Lake, the Golf Course, Camp Hudsonia and Lake Ames provides for long distance trails and transportation alternatives ideally suitable for cycling.

Along with advocating for responsible off road cycling, JORBA has become a recognized consultant in sustainable natural surface trail design. As such, we would like to offer our expertise in the layout and construction of any new trails for this area. We would like the township to consider natural surface trails as opposed to pavement or gravel. As there is surely limitations to the budget, natural surface trails provide a lost cost alternative and a more rewarding experience for outdoor enthusiasts. They however require special planning and design for them to be sustainable.

We would also like to extend our help in maintaining natural surface trails throughout the township. While our activities to date have only been in WRWMA, we could locate members to "adopt" trails on township lands. The volunteers could operate under the JORBA name and therefore be covered by our insurance policy.

Lastly, do you have any update for the plans to demolish #69 Meridan and install a parking lot?

Your partner in Trails,

Norman Albrecht
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Location: Rockaway, NJ

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