A scenic picnic by the inlet at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park will not be possible this summer – visitors will see bulkhead repair instead.
“We are pleased to announce that the bulkhead replacement project at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park will begin next week,” a statement to the public appeared on social media March 29. “This capital project will require that the picnic area, including the gazebo, be closed for the next several months. The scheduled completion date is early September and we will post any changes to that schedule,” said the notice from the New Jersey State Park Service, Division of Parks and Forestry, within the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection.
“Please adhere to the closure for your safety and so that the project can be completed on time. “This project will not affect access to the lighthouse, the jetty walkway or the beach.”
Watch future issues of The SandPaper for progress reports of the project. No other details could be obtained from the NJDEP at press time.
Barnegat Light Mayor Kirk Larson had not been briefed by the state on the project on state park land; however, he did say on another note that the repair project will affect the end route of the borough’s Memorial Day weekend parade. The parade will end at the Fishermen’s Story Memorial statue to the west of the state park, rather than inside the park itself.