Bayonne Nature Club Volunteer to Shoreline Clean-up of Rutkowski Park in Bayonne
Bayonne Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the Bayonne Nature Club has volunteered to lead a shoreline clean-up at Mayor Richard A. Rutkowski Park on Saturday, March 23, at 10:00 a.m. Rutkowski Park is located in the northwest corner of Bayonne, on Newark Bay, just above the northern end of Stephen R. Gregg-Bayonne County Park. Mayor Smith said, “I would like to thank the Bayonne Nature Club volunteers for spearheading this shoreline clean-up. Their efforts will help to maintain the park in its natural condition. The Bayonne Public Works Department will provide logistical support for the work of the volunteers. The Nature Club and the City of Bayonne encourage any interested organizations and individuals to join the shoreline clean-up on Saturday.”
The Passaic Valley Sewage Commission will assist the clean-up by removing some large objects from the park.
According to its website, the Bayonne Nature Club “appreciates, protects, and improves urban nature sites.” In addition to clean-up projects, the Bayonne Nature Club’s activities include birdwalks, wildflower walks, and kayaking.
Rutkowski Park was designed to showcase the natural environment of the Newark Bay waterfront. The property consists of thirty-two upland acres and ten acres of wetlands. Thanks to the wetlands and an open water habitat, a large variety of birds and wildlife is available there for viewing and studying.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) own the park property. The state acquired the land many years ago for the now-defunct West Side Highway project. The completion of Route 169 (now a part of Route 440) on the east side of Bayonne made the land on the Newark Bay waterfront available for a park rather than a highway.
Under an agreement with the NJDEP and the NJDOT, the City of Bayonne has long-term management rights to the park site.
There are two entrances to Rutkowski Park. Visitors to Stephen R. Gregg-Bayonne County Park have access to Rutkowski Park via the footbridge located at 48th Street and Newark Bay. Parking is available at the northern end of the county park around 48th Street. Motorists may also approach Rutkowski Park by driving southbound from Jersey City on Route 440. The vehicular entrance to the Rutkowski North 40 Park is located south of the Kennedy Boulevard entrance on Route 440.
Shoreline Clean-Up at Rutkowski Park Set for Saturday, March 23