Riverfront Walkway Opens On Earth Day

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EDISON – In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Edison Wetlands Association (EWA), the Township of Edison, and WildNewJersey.tv are hosting a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony and tree planting to mark the opening of the Raritan Riverfront Walkway to the public.

This trail will offer extended public access to Edison’s seven miles of Raritan Riverfront for the first time in history.  The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held today at noon at the Edison Boat Basin, located at the end of Meadow Road in Edison.

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EWA Executive Director Robert Spiegel will join Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano in commemorating the walkway trail, constructed with the assistance of EWA and Conservation Resources, Inc.  A ceremonial tree-planting will follow the press conference.

EWA first conceived the vision for this walkway in 2002, and has worked with CRI and Edison Township in recent years to fund, plan, and begin construction on the project.  The walkway, nearly a half mile long, includes a gazebo, interpretive signs, a native butterfly garden, and birding areas.  Bald eagles, osprey, and yellow-crowned night-heron are regularly spotted along the river here.

EWA is an environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment in central New Jersey.  For the past 20 years, EWA has worked to restore the Raritan River, with bald eagles, harbor seals, peregrine falcons, and river otters returning to the river.


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