PASSAIC COUNTY – On July 10, 2017, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders joined the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to kick-off hiking season in New Jersey and announce a new initiative to photograph the 2,000 miles of the Passaic County Trail Network using a 360-degree camera provided by Google as part of the Google Street View Camera Loan Program. The Loan Program will allow Passaic County and the NY-NJ Trail Conference to capture 360-degree images of the Passaic County Trail Network that will be uploaded into Google Maps.
“This exciting partnership with Google, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, and Passaic County is going to make our Park System more accessible and user-friendly to residents and visitors,” stated Passaic County Freeholder and member of the Passaic County Open Space Advisory Committee Assad Akhter. “It is yet another example of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders commitment to investing in our parks, recreation, and open space.”
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is a non-profit volunteer-driven organization whose mission includes the protection and maintenance of publicly accessible and authorized trails in the New York-New Jersey region. In 2016, the Trail Conference and Passaic County reauthorized a Memorandum of Understanding outlining maintenance and construction of trails throughout the Passaic County Park System.
The Passaic County Trail Network consists of over 2,000 miles of trails located throughout the Passaic County Park System, including the Garret Mountain Reservation, Rifle Camp Park, Friendship Park, Tranquility Ridge, Highlands Preserve, and Apshawa Preserve. Additionally, over the last two years, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders invested almost $300,000 in upgrading and enhancing trails throughout Passaic County.
“In my hometown of West Milford and throughout Passaic County we are steadfast in our efforts to enhance, protect, and maintain parkland,” stated Freeholder Terry Duffy. “The Passaic County Park System is rapidly becoming one of the best in New Jersey because of investments and partnerships with organizations like the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and Google.”