Public meetings planned on Dam Site 21 park project
WEST WINDSOR -- The Mercer County Park Commission recently began planning for future park improvements at a County property located in Hamilton, West Windsor and Robbinsville townships. Dam Site 21 is a 370-acre tract that will be the focus of a series of public meetings to discuss enhancements at the site. The first meeting will be held Thursday, March 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.
Initially purchased in the late 1970s for flood-control purposes, the land contains a portion of Miry Run, a stream that flows from Robbinsville through part of Hamilton and eventually drains into the Delaware River. After acquiring the property, the County constructed a series of dams to mitigate area flooding in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service. As a result, the property now features a 55-acre lake surrounded by undeveloped uplands, wetlands, woodlands and open fields.
The Park Commission invites community members to participate in the public sessions in order to develop a unique passive recreation park, with a focus on lake and water activities. “This is a unique opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind facility that will allow new recreational opportunities for County residents,” said Aaron T. Watson, Executive Director of the Park Commission. “We are looking forward to hearing the community’s ideas toward maintaining and enhancing the special character of this place, while allowing more citizens to enjoy its attributes.” Programming and activities that do not exist at Mercer and Rosedale lakes will be considered for Dam Site 21.
Public meetings will be scheduled on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates: March 7 at Mercer County Community College Conference Center; and May 9 and Oct. 3 at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake.
Simone Collins Landscape Architecture of Norristown, Pa., and Princeton Hydro of Ringoes have been contracted to assist the County in designing park improvements.
Additional information on the project and a schedule of public meetings can be found here.
Photo Caption: Dam Site 21 will be redesigned to feature passive recreational activities to enhance usability and expand upon County parkland.