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Oakland Activists Cap 2016 Great Oak Park Developments, Look To 2017

Volunteers help to restore Great Oak Park in Oakland.
Volunteers help to restore Great Oak Park in Oakland. Photo Credit: Facebook

OAKLAND, N.J. — Redevelopment of the once-abandoned 40-acre parcel now known as Great Oak Park will continue through 2016 and into next year.

The project uses no taxpayer funds, and between $300,000 and $350,000 of donated labor and supplies has been used to date, the Great Oak Park blog says. Volunteers will need to raise between $600,000 and $800,000 to complete the second phase of the project — the largest costs being the redevelopment of the parking lot and great lawn.

Activists announced the 2016 projects on their blog:

  • A local boy scout will add a trail, this one closing the loop from Ramapo River Walk to the Great Oak Walk. The path will take hikers along the C-1 stream with a very scenic view. It's expected to be completed by late spring. The proposed name is "Nuckel Pass," after the Nuckel Family — former owners of Mueller's Park.
  • Rising Phoenix Martial Arts School has offered to complete the clean-up and repair of the old miniature golf course. Once clean, volunteers will determine what's needed to install golf greens on the cement golf holes.
  • A local group of volunteers have offered to clear the brush along Uncle Bart's Bridge, which completes the opening of all trails and defines the borders of the golf course.

The Great Clean Up of Great Oak Park on April 23 — along with the elevation of the trail marker signs — will cap the 2016 projects.

Once volunteers submit the Letter of Interpretation to the NJDEP early this summer, they will know which future projects can launch.

Projects include the great lawn, band shell, skate-park, dog-park, bike track and redevelopment of the Muller’s parking lot.

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