On Thursday, August 4th, the RRCW Fun Run will feature a tour of Woodbury’s new pedestrian paths and trails. The Fun Run will start and finish at our normal Wood Street time and location but will travel a special 5K route incorporating the new Francis Fields and Rotary Trail paths. From there we’ll have a police escort across Broad Street and Evergreen Avenue, around the Stewart Park trails and then back to Wood Street. Maps and guides will be available. We hope you’ll join us for this special event and that you’ll enjoy incorporating the pedestrian walkways in your future training and recreational plans.
This is a make-up date, originally scheduled for July 28th.
Press release from the City of Woodbury:
WOODBURY, NJ—After being postponed by rain, on Thursday, August 4, 2016, the City of Woodbury and the Road Runners Club of Woodbury will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce the new bike and pedestrian paths that connect Woodbury’s Stewart Lake Park, Frances Avenue Fields and Tatum Street. The entire path system was installed using NJDOT funding and added several other amenities to each park area.
Starting at 6:30 pm City officials will gather with the Road Runners Club for their weekly 5K Thursday Night Fun Run. The ribbon cutting will take place at the Wood Street entrance to the Frances Avenue Fields and the 5K will start immediately after the ribbon is cut. Guests are welcome to join the runners to either walk, run or bike along the new paths.
According to Woodbury’s Mayor Bill Volk, “Woodbury has great park venues where people throughout the region can fish, kayak, canoe, birdwatch and just enjoy nature. The new bike and pedestrian paths are an added feature that should bring more people to Woodbury to enjoy all that the City has to offer.”
In 2009 the City secured a $500,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to start the bike and pedestrian path project. The Stewart Lake portion is an eight foot wide path that runs a little less than half a mile. Additional amenities that were added include a 10’ x 10’ pavilion with a picnic table, bike racks and a drinking fountain.
The former Woodbury Rotary Trail that connects Broad Street to Tatum was upgraded and rest stops were added featuring picnic tables, benches, a bike rack and a fabric shade shelter. Tatum connects to the longest stretch of the paths which run through the Frances Avenue Fields. This half mile corridor includes two observation decks that overlook the creek, a pedestrian bridge, several rest stops with picnic tables, bike racks and benches.
John Carter, Executive Director of the Road Runners Club states, “We are excited to see new paths connecting our recreational facilities and parks to make them more accessible and attractive to residents and visitors alike. We encourage all runners and walkers to incorporate the paths in their health and fitness activities.
For more information about Woodbury, visit www.woodbury.nj.us.