The 1990s

Park System History | Golden Moments | Then & Now | Favorite Parks, Programs & Memories | The 1960s | The 1970s | The 1980s | The 2000s 

1990

      Monmouth Cove Marina - 1992

  • Monmouth Cove Marina established.  Purchased the 10-acre marina in 1990 with Green Acres funding as part of the county’s Port Monmouth realignment and Pews Creek reconstruction. The marina opened in1991.
  • Sunnyside Recreation Area established. It was dedicated February 8, 1990 and now houses the Park System’s equestrian facilities.   
  • Charleston Springs Golf Course property established.  The two golf courses were designed by noted architect Mark Mungeam, and later land parcels were added for open space, trails and wildlife preservation. The North Course opened for limited play by October 1998; the South Course and clubhouse opened May of 2002. A short game area and a trail with parking lot were added in 2006. 
    Manasquan River Greenway in 2006
  • Manasquan River Greenway established.  Purchased first 17 acres (3 parcels) in 1990 to protect the river and connect the three park properties located along river:  Turkey Swamp Park, Manasquan Reservoir and Howell Park Golf Course.  Parcels along the river have been acquired incrementally ever since. 
  • Henry Hudson Trail established. Northern section of trail opened in 1992. Major portions of the 12-mile south section opened in 2005. Popamora Point and the Atlantic Highlands section of the northern trail opened in 2009.

1991 Friends of the Parks

  • Friends of the Parks established
  •  Second County Open Space Plan completed (first Plan in 1970, amendments in 1983).  
  •  Automated Golf Tee Time Reservation Service begins operating

1993  

  • Annual Park System attendance is 2,911,412; 181,467 rounds of golf played at county’s four golf courses; 8,490 county park acres preserved, 227,121 people participated in programs

1994 

1995 

Fisherman's Cove in 1996

  • Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area established. The Park System purchased 35 acres of this site along the Manasquan River with Green Acres funding. Manasquan gave the Park System the additional 17 acre parking lot. The bait shop (now used for Park System programs) was a gift from Clement and Ruth Danish on September 3, 1996.
  • Hominy Hill Golf Course hosts USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. 
  • First Woods Hollow Classic Mountain Bike Race held.
  • First Timberbrook Triathlon held.

1996 

  • Voters approve increase in Open Space Tax from $4 million to $10 million per year (Yes 137,998 and No 50,878 or 73%) on November 5, 1996
  • Annual Park System attendance reaches 3,649,868. There are 56 miles of trails. (from 1996 Annual Report)

1997 

  • Big Brook Park established. Purchased 378 acre property from the state; it was surplus land from closing of the Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital.  This property connects to the southern section of the Henry Hudson Trail. Big Brook Park is currently undeveloped.
  • Wolf Hill Park established. Purchased first 91 acre parcel in 1997 from NJ Sports Exhibition Authority; it was formerly part of the racetrack. People using the ball fields at this site continued to do so after purchase.  Its Off-leash Dog Area in 2009.

    Bel-Aire Golf Course - May 2002

      
  • Bel-Aire Golf Course established. Purchased 78 acre golf course from Hansen & Hansen in 1997; small adjacent parcels added in 2000s for buffer, irrigation ponds and possible expansion. Bel-Aire was dedicated May 17, 1997. 
  • Creative Arts Center opens at Thompson Park. The Creative Arts Division was formally established.
  • County Parks reach 10,000 acre mark

1998 

  • DeBois Creek Recreation Area established. Purchased first 109 acres in 1998 with plans for active recreation.  Added 30 acres in 2009. DeBois Creek is currently undeveloped.
  • Union Transportation Trail established. Negotiated permanent 15.5 acre easement with JCP&L for 9 miles of former railroad right-of-way in the western portion of the county.  In 2004, Park System began purchasing the first in series of parcels for additional trail access.  

    Historic Walnford's Gristmill in 2007
  • Gristmill opens at Historic Walnford.
  • County Open Space Plan amended.

1999 

  • Perrineville Lake Park established. The Park System purchased the first 91 acres in 1999 along the lake. Then: 131 acres in 2004; 125 acres in 2005; 134 acres and123 acres in 2007; another 92 acres in 2008. Perrineville officially opened in 2007. 
  • Opened the Thompson Park Off-leash Dog Area