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New Pedestrian Bridge Opened at Highlands Preserve

(West Milford, NJ) – Today, Passaic County Freeholder Director Cassandra “Sandi” Lazzara joined the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Executive Director Peter Dolan to officially open a new pedestrian bridge spanning the Cooley Brook at the Highlands Preserve in West Milford. The Highlands Preserve is a part of the Passaic County Park System with a number of recreational activities, including athletic fields and hiking trails. The Cooley Brook Bridge will offer visitors easy access from the athletic field parking lot to the 5-mile trail network at the Highlands Preserve.   

“The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders continues to invest in the Passaic County Park System, giving our residents easy access to recreational opportunities in all of our communities,” stated Passaic County Freeholder Director Cassandra “Sandi” Lazzara. “This pedestrian bridge over the Cooley Brook offers hikers a convenient parking facility for the 5-mile trail network within the Highlands Preserve. Working with our partners at the New York-New Jersey Trail Network, the Freeholders are going to continue our investment in the Highlands Preserve and the entire Passaic County Park System.”

The Passaic County Parks and Recreation Department and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference jointly manage a number of trails in Passaic County, including the 5-mile loop located at the Highlands Preserve. Over the last two years, there has been significant investment by the Freeholders to improve the trails, including addressing trail erosion, wet tread, and invasive species. The installation of the pedestrian bridge over the Cooley Brook is part of a long-term plan to make the trail network more accessible and convenient for Passaic County residents.

“The Passaic County Park System – from Paterson to West Milford – offers our residents a variety of recreational activities,” stated Freeholder John W. Bartlett. “The new Cooley Brook pedestrian bridge in the Highlands Preserve demonstrates our commitment to making the Passaic County Park System one of the best in New Jersey. The hiking trails in Passaic County are a regional destination for outdoor enthusiasts and their continued improvement attracts new visitors to Passaic County and helps sustain our local economy.”