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May 26, 2006

Contact: Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994

DEP OPENS SWIMMING AREAS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT NEW JERSEY'S STATE PARKS, FORESTS AND RECREATION AREAS

(06/40) Trenton -- As New Jerseyans prepare to celebrate the unofficial start of summer, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson today invited residents and visitors to take a dip in one of 14 swimming areas in the state's parks, forests and other recreation sites.

"New Jersey's freshwater lakes and ocean beaches offer wonderful opportunities to cool off and exercise while enjoying scenic views," Commissioner Jackson said.

During Memorial Day weekend, all swimming areas will be open from Saturday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., unless otherwise posted.

After the holiday weekend, most of New Jersey's swimming areas will operate on a five-day schedule, closing any two days Monday through Thursday. During closures, swimmers will be referred to neighboring swimming areas as occupancy allows. All of New Jersey's swimming areas will remain open on weekends and holidays.

The following three swimming areas will operate on a seven-day schedule throughout the summer:

Hopatcong State Park
Stokes State Forest
Swartswood State Park

The ocean swimming area at Island Beach State Park will operate weekends only through June 18, and then operate seven days a week beginning June 19.

Following is a complete list of all of New Jersey's 14 swimming areas:

DESIGNATED SWIMMING AREAS

Atsion Recreation Area, Wharton State Forest, Shamong (609) 268-0444
Bass River State Forest, New Gretna (609) 296-1114
Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine (609) 861-2404
Cheesequake State Park, Matawan (732) 566-2161
High Point State Park, Sussex (973) 875-4800
Hopatcong State Park, Landing (973) 398-7010
Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park (732) 793-0506
Parvin State Park, Pittsgrove (856) 358-8616
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood (973) 962-7031
Round Valley Recreation Area, Lebanon (908) 236-6355
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Clinton (908) 638-8572
Stokes State Forest, Branchville (973) 948-3820
Swartswood State Park, Swartswood (973) 383-5230
Wawayanda State Park, Hewitt (973) 853-4462

 

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