Parvin State Park, which closed after the June 30 storm caused extensive damage and two fatalities, will be fully open again Friday, state officials said.
State Department of Environmental Protection officials said the reopening follows work that includes the removal of more than 2,000 storm-damaged trees and 1,500 branches that posed a safety hazard to park users. The park is located in Pittsgrove Township in Salem County, near the border with Cumberland County.
The clean-up work effort was completed after months of work by the state Park Service, New Jersey State Forestry Service, a private contractor and volunteers from the Parvin State Park Appreciation Committee. Their work resulted in final inspections of the forested areas of the park late last week by the State Forestry Service.
All events planned for this coming weekend, including the appreciation committee’s annual Halloween walks, will be held as scheduled, officials with the DEP, which operates the state’s parks, said in a statement.
“While it was unfortunate that Parvin State Park had to close, the safety and welfare of our park visitors is always our top priority, said Rich Boornazian, the DEP’s assistant commission for natural and historic resources. “With the clean-up work completed, we invite residents to come back to this wonderful park.”
The storm struck early in the morning of June 30, causing widespread damage and power outages in South Jersey, but particularly in Atlantic, Cumberland and Salem counties.
Two of Parvin’s campers — including a 7-year-old Millville boy — were killed during the storm. They died when the top 25 feet of a pine tree fell on their tent.
DEP opened the park’s swimming area in late July, but kept the rest of the facility closed.
Contact Thomas Barlas: