Burlington County's newest park will open Monday at 7 a.m.
Located along the Rancocas Creek off Creek Road between McElwee and Cox roads, the 35-acre Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area in Moorestown will be open daily until dusk.
"Boundary Creek offers a great opportunity for nature lovers and bird watchers. Over 50 species of birds, including ospreys, blue herons and egrets, and eight butterfly species have been observed here, as well as deer, beaver and fox," said Freeholder Bill Haines.
The park includes a two-tiered platform with viewing scopes overlooking the creek, butterfly garden with small waterfall, human sundial, 1.3 miles of trails, shade pavilion and plaza with restrooms, information kiosk, educational signage about wildlife and habitat, and rain gardens to reduce runoff and recharge the groundwater.
The trees at Boundary Creek, which include a variety of species, have been dedicated to the late Clifford Pfleider, Jr., who was a renowned tree expert, member of the Burlington County Shade Tree Commission, president of the N.J. Shade Tree Federation, and supervisor in the Moorestown Township Public Works Department.
Green Construction Co. of South River began construction in April, while Taylor Design Group of Mount Laurel was the project designer. The county purchased the land in 2002 for $1.4 million, with the State Green Acres Program contributing $650,000.
Boundary Creek, the County's eighth park, is another link in the County's Rancocas Creek Greenway, a network of preserved land and recreational trails along the creek that will link from Amico Island Park on the Delaware River in Delran east to Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton and beyond.