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Long Beach Island,NJ Parks & Recreation LBI Parks - most have recreation available (in alphabetical order):
* Bayview Park in Brant Beach 6805 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach Twp. Municipal Complex Long Beach Township, NJ 08008
* Bicentennial Veterans Park in Beach Haven Engleside Ave. & Beach Ave. Beach Haven, NJ 08008
* Sunset Park in Harvey Cedars Salem Avenue Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008
* Waterfront Park in Ship Bottom 10th Street & Shore Ave. Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
* Zachariae Park in Surf City Division Ave. & Barnegat Ave. Surf City, NJ 08008
Bayview Park In Brant Beach
Eye On Bayview Park - Courtesy of The Asbury Park Press
LBI Bayview Park is a Green Acres park that provides a backdrop for a variety of individual and family oriented activities, including windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, seining and kayaking. Bayview Park also features a Life Guarded Bay Beach with designated boundaries, an extensive playground, basketball courts, bathrooms, a gazebo and a picnic area complete with picnic tables and trash containers.
For those with internet access, the entire schedule of daily, weekly and special events are all available at www.LongBeachTownship.com by clicking on Special Events in the left hand column. These are free, fun and educational programs and events.
One of the unique aspects of Bayview Park's activities is the partnership that Long Beach Township has with many of the non-profits affiliated with the "Passport to LBI" alliance. On any given day throughout the week, free events are offered including such Passport partners as ReClam the Bay, Alliance for a Living Ocean, the Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences, the Larson Puskas Fisheries Education Partnership at Viking Village and the New Jersey Maritime Museum.
Also a crowd favorite is the Recycling Education/Kayak Demo by Angela Andersen, the Long Beach Township Recycling Coordinator who went on to say "Recycling is more than putting a can in the right bin. Public education programs like those offered at the Park promote stewardship. I like connecting people to bay health through litter abatement and teaching them to kayak as a lifelong hobby that gets them out on the bay and into the ecosystem to learn first hand about the bay in a quiet and low impact way."
Bayview Park also is host to the one and only solar-powered clam placed at the entrance of the park itself. After a year-long effort, Long Beach Township and Bayview Park, in partnership with ReClam the Bay, chose this prominent location to showcase its commitment to renewable energy and the environment. As a designated Green Acres space, Bayview Park seemed a natural home for the solar powered clam that is illuminated at night as a result of its having spent a day at the beach.
"The solar power clam was the brain child of the artist, Sasha Flimlin, a graduate of Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. It brings attention to concepts in alternate energy," said Rick Bushnell, Executive Director of ReClam the Bay. "ReClam the Bay and the Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program are concerned about how energy is generated and in educating people about the effects of usage of fossil fuel which contributes to harmful nitrogen through atmospheric deposition into the bay. As a stewardship program, awareness of these effects is key to educating the public, a pillar of our mission."
"End your day at Bayview Park by enjoying a breathtakingly beautiful sunset as it sinks over the horizon. You can also join us for our Tuesday night concert series and our Thursday night Stories by the Bay series," said Bayview Park Director Joni Bakum.
"The Stories by the Bay program is hosted by the New Jersey Maritime Museum in partnership with Alliance for a Living Ocean and ReClam the Bay at Bayview Park and regales people of all ages with stories of our long standing cultural seafaring heritage as both a coastal state and original colony," said Deb Whitcraft, Board of Trustee President of the Maritime Museum. "This program is held every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Bayview Park Gazebo. The New Jersey Maritime Museum prides itself on continuing the storytelling tradition that keeps history alive and fresh."
According to Bakum, "You do not need a Long Beach Township beach badge to attend these free events, but only if you intend to swim on our guarded bay beach. More information about our extensive schedule of free events is at both our website and in hard copy here at the Park, with our slogan displayed: The Beach, The Bay, The Best - Bayview Park!
We also have brochures on the organizations we partner with through Passport to LBI, so come on down and visit us at 6805 Long Beach Boulevard and know that Long Beach Island is more than just a day at the beach!"
The author, Sharon McKenna, is the education and special events coordinator for the Larson Puskas Fisheries Education Partnership at Viking Village, Barnegat Light, which is a proud member of the LBI Non Profit Alliance and "Passport to LBI."
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