CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. - The Mercer County Park Commission is hosting a new lineup of nature programs, and invites participants to Explore Your Parks, a free, Sunday afternoon program that unites hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts for a fun, brisk hike. The hike is geared toward adults and registration is necessary. The next upcoming hike will be Sunday, March 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Baldpate Mountain in Titusville. Meet County Naturalist Jenn Lear at the Fiddlers Creek Road Parking Lot, off Route 29. For information and registration, e-mail or call (609) 989-6540. Visit for other exciting nature programs.

IN OTHER PARK NEWS, the Dog Park at Mercer County Park in West Windsor will be closed to the public through April 15, 2009 for annual cleaning and maintenance, the Park Commission has announced.

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes cut the ribbon on the popular runs - one for dogs 35 pounds or less and the other for large dogs - in May 2005, and since that time it has become one of the most used features at the county park. "Dog owners tell us how pleased they are to have a safe location for their dogs to run off leash," Hughes said.

The popularity of the runs means a lot of wear and tear on the area, and park staff will take the next few weeks to groom the area and lay down grass seed.  Dog owners can still use any of Mercer County Park Commission park areas to exercise their dogs, but they must be leashed. For additional information, call (609) 989-6559.