Atlantic Highlands, NJ – You probably know that recent storms have wreaked havoc on our shore area, including our Bayshore Trail.  The trail now requires urgent cleanup and repair.  To get the process going, the Borough of Atlantic Highlands has designated April 3 as “Clean Up the Bayshore Trail Day,” and is seeking resident volunteers to come share a light breakfast and lend a hand in bringing our much-used trail back to life.

Atlantic Highlands resident Corinna Thuss is among the hundreds of residents who have enjoyed the trail for the past year.  “It is such a beautiful and important part of our town,” she said.  Like others, she was saddened to see that storm damage had forced the closure of the 1.5-mile path.  Thuss contacted Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny, and the two initiated the cleanup idea.

Since Mayor Fred Rast dedicated the new trail last April, it has become a regular destination for scores of runners, strollers, bikers and sightseers of all ages.  That came to an end on March 13, when a fierce storm caused a tidal surge that washed out parts of the trail, brought debris in, and damaged a wooden footbridge.

The town, in cooperation with Highlands Borough, hopes to begin the trail’s restoration on April 3, but many volunteers are needed to support this special effort.  “We hope volunteers will enjoy working outside for a few hours, and knowing that they are having a huge positive impact on our town,” said Thuss.  “The more quickly we can begin to restore the trail, the sooner we will be able to enjoy spring strolls and rides once again.”  The reopened trail would also once again be an attraction for daily visitors.

Volunteers will meet at 9 am at a choice of three locations: Atlantic Highlands playground parking lot, (near the Marina), at Hilton Station (steps) on Bayside Ave., or Popomora Park in Highlands. In Atlantic Highlands, The Flaky Tart will generously provide a light breakfast.  Volunteers will be picking up recyclables, trash, metals and pushing the reeds into piles for a pick-up by heavy equipment provided by Jeff’s Landscaping. You must bring protective gloves, and a shovel or rake, if possible. Wheelbarrows are appreciated as well. Jaspan’s Hardware has donated trash bags, and the Borough will provide the dumpsters.  Work will end approximately at 2pm.  The event will take place rain or shine.

The help of each and every volunteer for this important project is greatly appreciated.  For more information, please Corinna Thuss at 908-692-4457 or call the Borough at 732.291.1444.