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PLACES TO PLAY

FOR TOTS, HIKERS, BOATERS, SWIMMERS, NATURE-LOVERS

 

Atlantic Highlands has 114 acres devoted to recreation and conservation, from half-acre tot lot to 40-acre nature preserve. This guide gives location, size, facilities for 14 areas -- eleven owned by the Borough (82.5 acres), two by the County (25 acres), and one by the town firemen (6.8 acres).


ACTIVE RECREATION AREAS

East Avenue Playground East Garfield and East Avenues   l/2 acre

 

Regulation basketball half-court. Tot lot: jungle gym, slide, swings (2 toddler. 4 regular), 6 benches.

 

South Avenue Playground Avenue A, next to Many Mind Creek.   6/10 acre

 

Regulation basketball half-court. Jungle gym and slide, tires for climbing, 2 platform 'forts", 2 seesaws, bunny ride, swings (l tot, 2 regular). Bench Park to be renovated 2000. Open dawn to dusk.

 

Many Mind Ave. Playground Navesink and Many Mind Avenues   1/2 acre

 

Regulation basketball half-court. 2 picnic tables. For toddlers: 2 swings, rocket rider, playset with ladder, slide, tic-tac-toe game, and medium-sized sandbox.

 

Harbor Park First Avenue and Sutton Walk 4/10 acre

 

  • Tot lot: jungle gym shaped like a ship, with monkey bars, covered slide, two open slides, "rocky mountain" for climbing, tic-tac-toe board, swings, fire-truck and police car rides.
  • 3 tennis courts: Open 8 a.m. to dusk. Use up to one hour if no one waiting. Tennis shoes required. Not allowed: skateboards, roller blades, food, bottles, alcohol, bikes, and pets.
  • Victorian-style gazebo - stage for Sunday band concerts July/August. 12 long benches on lawn.
  • Display: model of "Argonaut" submarine built here in 1896 by Simon Lake, namesake of waterfront road.

 

Marina and boat basin North end of First Avenue along bay front 20.8 acres

 

New Jersey's largest municipal harbor. Inside a 3,000-foot seawall on Sandy Hook Bay, with access to Atlantic Ocean. This self-supporting Borough utility provides:

  • 168 mooring, 480 docking and 20 transient slips at 9 piers. Ramp, ice, gas, diesel, sanitary pump-out.
  • 18 charter boats for fishing and pleasure trips (1/2 and 3/4 day).
    Bait/ tackle shop. Small-boat rentals.
  • Dockside dining and snacks, formal restaurant, yacht club, waterside promenade, fishing pier.
  • High-speed ferry for trips to Wall Street, whale watching, dinner cruises, cultural, and tourist excursions.
  • Summer land storage of boats on trailers up to 30 feet; also winter boat storage
  • Free parking for 500 vehicles, and easy access from State Highway 36.

 

Center Avenue Park and Beach West of Avenue D, opposite Bowne Ave.  7.5 acres

 

  • Grass T-ball field end2 covered wooden dugouts in front unfenced area.
  • Several acres of woodland and wetland, bordering Wagner Creek and the bay beach.
  • Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club: leased private facility for members’ “Hobie Cat" boats (fenced).
  • Public beach access via tree-bordered trail left of chain link fence.
  • 37 -space gravel parking lot for public and boat owners.

 

Fireman’s Memorial Field West Highland Ave, south of Avenue B

6.8 acres

 

Owned by town firemen’s association. 3 baseball fields, converted for football in fall. Bleachers, dugouts, electric scoreboards, PA system, night lights. Cinder track at border sand beside Many Mind Creek. Tot lot near Leonard Avenue entrance and parking lot: chute, slide, monkey bars, climbing, other devices. Field house with restrooms and concession stand near southwestern corner.

 

Popamora Beach Park (proposed name) Bayfront, at town's eastern border

Owned by Monmouth County Park System. 1,600-foot long sandy bay front beach, backed by dunes, trails, wetlands, cliffs. No vehicle access; enter from Shore Drive in &e Highlands. *Proposal to name after Lenape leader who signed 1664land deed for Navesink Highlands peninsula with English settlers.

 

Bayshore Bike Trail 12 acres

When built, trail will run about 2.7 miles in Atlantic Highlands - from western border (Leonardo at Highway 36) to eastern border at Highlands. Continues existing Henry Hudson Trail of Monmouth County Park System, starting in Aberdeen and going 12 miles along line of old Central Railroad of New Jersey. Trail route through Western Atlantic Highlands and harbor not finalized (as of December 1999). Eastward from harbor, it will follow former rail line along shore, partly on boardwalks through marsh grasses below cliffs and Bayside D rive to the county beach park next to the Highlands border.

 

PEDESTRIAN MINI-PARKS

 

Civic Center Park Opposite Borough Hall on First Avenue I/2 acre

Also called "Veterans Memorial Park" and "the town square." Victorian-style pedestal clock at entrance, brick walkway among grass and trees, 4 benches, stone markers for war veterans, flagpole.

Library Plaza Highland Avenue next to Borough Hall

Cement walks, shade trees, grassy areas, bike rack, book drop-off box.

 

Many Mind Creek grasslands West Avenue between Bay & Mount Avenues 1/4 acre

 

Tree-bordered grassland beside creek, being restored in 2000 as part of creek clean-up.

 

CONSERVATION AREAS

 

Lenape Woods Nature Preserve Sections at 3 locations        40 acres

 

  1. Eastern section: Ocean Boulevard/East Highland Avenue west of Hoffbrauhaus
  2. Western section: enter at Sears/Washington Avenues, and Mount/East Highland Avenue junction
  3. Cliffside section: below Hillside Avenue along Bayside Drive

 

Forested slopes with mature oaks, mountain laurels, and scenic lookouts.
Low-impact uses such as hiking, bird-watching, nature observation. Wildlife includes owls, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, many woodland birds, deer, red fox, box turtles. Eastern section trails mostly wood-chipped; includes rustic log-bench "nature leaming circle:" Western section contains source of Many Mind Creek. When Bayshore Bike Trail is built, Cliffside section will link it with Ocean Boulevard.  Open dawn to dusk.

 

Mount Mitchill Scenic Park East end of Ocean Boulevard   12 acres

Owned by Monmouth County Park System, including environmentally sensitive hillside down to Bayside Drive. Clifftop outlook to bay, Sandy Hook and

Manhattan. Highest point on eastern seaboard between Maine and Florida (266 feet above sea level). 2 slat-roofed pavilions; benches,5 coin-operated telescopic viewers, display panels explain landmarks from Mt, Mitchill, coastal habitat and littoral drift, slump block geology. Bike rack. Parking for 42 vehicles. Port-a-john. Flag poles. Inland, well-shaded area contains swings, jungle gym, picnic tables, and several short walking trails. Open 8 am to dusk.

 

Prepared by Atlantic Highlands Environmental Commission December, 1999


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