The Stony Brook Pedestrian Bridge is Open, Check Out Our Virtual “Ribbon-Cutting”
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The LHT is thrilled to announce the opening of the new Stony Brook pedestrian bridge at Mercer Meadows, part of trail segment 14, which will provide safe access from Pennington Borough and Hopewell Township to the 1,600-acre county park. To celebrate, local residents and fans of the LHT and Mercer Meadows held a virtual “ribbon-cutting,” released today, featuring cyclists crossing the 500-foot bridge in customized LHT face masks.
The celebration commemorates the latest development in the long-standing relationship between the Mercer County Park Commission and the LHT.
“Mercer Meadows Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the northeast, is a favorite destination of the many fans of the LHT. The Stony Brook Pedestrian Bridge will provide a much safer, family-friendly way to enter the park from Pennington, Hopewell, and other communities west of the park,” said LHT trustee Jill Young, an early advocate for the bridge. “We applaud the Mercer County Park Commission for constructing the bridge.”
Aaron Watson, executive director of the Mercer County Park Commission, explained, “The bridge is part of a strategy to encourage more people of all ages to enjoy the park and the LHT by removing concerns about a difficult road crossing.”
“The opening of the bridge in time for the July Fourth weekend could not have come at a better time,” said County Executive Brian Hughes. “This bridge is the perfect metaphor for the long-standing partnership that created the LHT, which bridges communities; state, county, and local governments; corporate partners, and land preservation groups.”
Joining Hughes and Watson in the virtual opening were Hopewell Township Mayor Kristin McLaughlin, Pennington Mayor Joseph Lawver, and Lawrence Township Engineer Jim Parvesse.