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Community Celebrates Opening of the Stony Brook Pedestrian Bridge

(Pennington, NJ, July 8, 2020) Pennington residents and fans of Mercer Meadows and the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) celebrate the opening of the Stony Brook Pedestrian Bridge, which will provide safe access from Pennington Borough and Hopewell Township to the 1,600-acre county park, in a virtual "ribbon-cutting" released today. The celebration commemorates the latest development in the long-standing relationship between the Mercer County Park Commission and the LHT.


"Mercer Meadows Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the northeast, is a favorite destination of the many fans of the LHT.  The Stony Brook Pedestrian Bridge will provide a much safer, family-friendly way to enter the park from Pennington, Hopewell, and other communities west of the park," said LHT trustee Jill Young, an early advocate for the bridge. "We applaud the Mercer County Park Commission for constructing the bridge."


Aaron Watson, executive director of the Mercer County Park Commission, explained,  "The bridge is part of a strategy to encourage more people of all ages to enjoy the park and the LHT by removing concerns about a difficult road crossing." 


"The opening of the bridge in time for the July Fourth weekend could not have come at a better time," said County Executive Brian Hughes.  "This bridge is the perfect metaphor for the long-standing partnership that created the LHT, which bridges communities; state, county, and local governments; corporate partners, and land preservation groups."


Joining Hughes and Watson in the virtual opening were Hopewell Township Mayor Kristin McLaughlin, Pennington Mayor Joseph Lawver, and Lawrence Township Engineer Jim Parvesse.  The virtual opening can be viewed on the LHT website and on the website of the Mercer County Park Commission.


More than 20 miles of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail is complete, with about two miles of the loop remaining to be built. Completion of the LHT is expected in about three years.


About the LHT

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a 22- mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and transportation corridor through public and private land in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships in Mercer County, N.J. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation is a nonprofit organization that depends on the community for support. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Trails, an 800-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails that, when completed, will connect people to jobs, communities, and public spaces across a nine-county region in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  For more information about the LHT, visit us HERE. For more information about the Circuit, visit us HERE


About Mercer Meadows

Mercer Meadows is a scenic county park with biking and walking routes through 1600 acres of meadows and woodlands, plus bodies of water.  The park is divided into five districts – Farm History, Rosedale Park, Ecological, Equestrian, and the Pole Farm – each with unique historical and natural aspects and diverse recreational opportunities.  For more information about Mercer Meadows, visit

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