MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Local Boy Scouts restored the 30 acre Cotton Tract section in Poricy Park due to the damage it received from Super Store Sandy.
The Beatles lyric “With A Little Help From My Friends” applies to the recent Super Storm Sandy recovery of serene hiking trails in the 30 acre Cotton Tract section of Poricy Park.
The massive storm of October 2012 felled many trees, both large and small, preventing visitors from traversing the beautiful habitats and enjoying the diverse wildlife. But Boy Scout Matt Grippo of Troop #32, with a little help from friends, restored the trails and added some improvements such as additional trail markers and replacement of boards on existing bridges.
The Cotton Tract is a 30-acre section of Poricy Park with trail entrances located off of Ivy Hill Road in the Colts Glen development which borders the Park. The Cotton Tract is named for Leigh Cotton who raised horses on the property until he sold the land to the Poricy Park Citizen’s Committee in 1970. This section combines unique features of seclusion, forest, and marsh supporting a large variety of wildlife. The booklet, An Introduction to The Cotton Tract, can be obtained at no charge from the Nature Center located at the main entrance to Poricy Park off of Oak Hill Road.
All summer camp and community programs are run by Poricy Park Conservancy, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Poricy Park is located at 345 Oak Hill Road in Middletown Township. With exceptional ecological resources, the 250 acre historical and nature site makes it one of the largest parks in Monmouth County. The Park offers recreational activities such as magnificent wooded hiking trails, bird watching, pristine pond settings, fishing, and a one-of-a-kind 70 million year-old Cretaceous fossil bed. For more information please visit www.PoricyPark.org or call 732-842-5966.