TRENTON, N.J. — Whether it’s boating, bicycling, birding or hiking, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Mercer County Park Commission invite area residents to step into spring at a Mercer County Park.
“Our County Park system gets better every year, and I encourage everyone to visit any of our award-winning parks and take advantage of an array of offerings,” said Hughes.
A variety of boat rentals are available for recreation on Lake Mercer at Mercer County Park in West Windsor. The Marina will offer affordable fun beginning Memorial Day weekend with pedal boat and row boat rentals starting Saturday, May 28 for a cost of $15 per hour. Single-person kayak rentals will be available for $15 per hour and pontoon boat lake tours will be available for $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children under 11.
The pontoon boat rides are 50-minute lake tour on Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Tours begin at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. and are offered on a first-come first-served basis. The boat has a 15-person capacity. Memorial Day weekend hours of operation are Saturday, Sunday and Monday, noon to 6 p.m., and regular hours of operation will be noon to 6 p.m. weekends through June 12, and then June 15 through Labor Day, Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, check out the Boat Marina Snack Bar, featuring hot dogs, pretzels, ice cream, soft drinks, coffee and more.
The docks on the Delaware, located behind Waterfront Park, are available for use by the public. Boat owners have access to the docks now through October with regular hours of sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. The docks are maintained and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission and allow travelers on the Delaware access to Trenton attractions such as Trenton Thunder games and Katmandu restaurant and nightclub. The docks are not staffed, so patrons are urged to practice water safety precautions.
Rosedale Park in Hopewell Township also offers a beautiful setting for a variety of outdoor activities. The park is a prime fishing location, as its 38-acre lake is stocked with trout and features a public access boat launch open to row boats, canoes, and boats with electric motors. Rosedale also has a picnic area, two playgrounds, and an extensive network of hiking trails.
Also upcoming at Mercer County Parks are:
New Disc Golf Course, which is free to the public. The official opening is May 13.
Freedom Festival, the annual Independence Day fair, Saturday, June 25 from 3 to 11 p.m.
Summer Concert Series: Friday, July 1, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marina, featuring Steve Magglio Sinatra Tribute; Saturday, Aug. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., Ernie White Band.
Burgermania, the annual burger cook-off contest featuring local restaurants, Saturday, Aug. 6, 3 to 8 p.m., with music by Shorty Long & the Jersey Horns at 3:30 p.m., and 2U, a U2 Tribute band, at 6 p.m.
For more information on activities at Lake Mercer and the Marina, please contact the Mercer County Park Marina at (609) 448-4004. For information about the docks on the Delaware, please contact the Mercer County Park Commission at (609) 989-4947. For information about how to staying safe during water-related activities, contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office for safety information at (609) 989-6111.
For information about other parks of the Mercer County Park Commission, visit the Mercer County website at http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/commissions/park/