Madison Recreation Complex Accessible Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

ntd-hagtag-stacked-greenMadison, NJ – May 18, 2023 – The Madison Open Space, Recreation & Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (OSRHP) will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on National Trails Day® to celebrate the new accessible trail at the Madison Recreation Complex (184 Ridgedale Avenue). This event will be held on Saturday, June 3 at 10:00 am and will include a ceremony as well as a short walk on the new accessible paved trail. 

The Madison Recreation Complex continues to be an important part of the Madison community, and with the addition of this paved pathway from the entrance on Ridgedale Avenue all the way to the Community Garden at the far side of the property, it makes this area even more accessible. While the turf fields provide ample space for many sports, the complex also provides the opportunity for passive recreation such as walks through the woods.

The accessible trail was made possible through generous support from the Morris County Planning and Preservation Trail Construction Grant Program and support from the Madison OSRHP Fund. Visitors can access the trail from Ridgedale Avenue at the main entrance of the Madison Recreation Complex or via the main parking lot located at the fields. 

The June 3 ribbon cutting will take place with Mayor Robert H. Conley, Melissa Honohan, Chair of the Madison Open Space, Recreation & Historic Preservation Advisory Committee and other invited guests from the county and community. The event will begin from the main parking lot near the turf fields, where ample parking is available. The American Hiking Society will provide giveaways from their sponsors for those who join in the walk (limited quantities). National Trails Day®, which is held on the first Saturday of June, is a day of public events that are aimed at advocacy and trail service. The coming together of thousands of cyclists, hikers, horseback riders, trail clubs, federal and local agencies, land trusts and businesses aims to advocate for, maintain, and clean up public lands and trails.  

“I am grateful to the Morris County Planning and Preservation Trail Construction Grant Program, as well as Madison OSRHP for their support and dedication to not only continue to add trails to areas of open space in Madison, but also ensuring that this trail is accessible for all to enjoy,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley. “Everyone deserves to enjoy our open spaces, so with the completion of this project it has eliminated the barriers between individuals with disabilities and our open spaces at the MRC,” continued Conley.