Preserving Hunterdon’s Quality of Life
Only prudent management will preserve our county, with balanced private and public development, family and community support for each phase of life, from hospitals for new borns and the elderly, to schools, homes, and businesses and jobs for every age in between.
Example Initiative: Park Development and Up-keep
We have open spaces. Now let’s make them usable.
Hunterdon has much lauded open space. These are very costly assets. Without proper planning and management, too many of these assets are doing little to improve our open space character. Too many of our parks and open spaces have no or very little management or development. The County ought to update and execute a comprehensive master plan, and make these parks attractive to use, by developing or upgrading improvements, equipment, benches, fixing/developing walking/hiking/biking/skiing/horseback riding trails, parking lots, etc. The masterplan ought to include some focus on activities that have become more popular over the last twenty years (walking/hiking/riding trials, rock walls, dog parks, trails, skateboard parks, pickleball, etc.)
Our open space and parks master plan must include hosting and fostering events and festivals, as as races, open air music and theater, events and festivals. We have lost two events in recent years, the QuikChek Balloon festival and the Skyland Triathlon. Our County has lost something of its character because we have not worked to manage and preserve them.
New Open Spaces
As Hunterdon suburbanizes, our county will lose more and more open space, one of the main reasons many of us live here. Once it is developed it is lost as open space forever. Not every town has the resources to afford the rapidly increasing cost of acquisition of farmland and forested areas for open space land. The County can create a combination grant and loan program as part of its master plan to help towns capture land for open space…before it is too late.
Get In Touch
Heller and Pomykacz for Commissioners
P.O. Box 337
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey 08809