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Arbor Day Give-Away, Rose Festival Cancelled At Colonial Park

The Arbor Day give-away and the Rose Day Festival at Colonial Park have been cancelled this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Somerset County Park Commission made the decision to cancel those two events, plus the Fourth of July celebration which usually occurs at North Branch Park, until 2022, according to a press release from the Somerset County Park Commission.

“We are excited that tennis programs at the Green Knoll Tennis Center and Colonial Park are a go, and outdoor programming at the Environmental Education Center is happening too,” Somerset County Park Commission Director-Secretary Geoff Soriano said in the release. “There is light at the end of the pandemic tunnel now that our parks are open while we are complying with the Governor’s Executive Orders and the New Jersey Department of Health’s guidelines.”  

The decision to cancel some events was determined by the Somerset County Park Commission’s Leisure Services Committee, according to the release. Members of the committee include Commissioner President Mark Caliguire and Commissioner Vice President D.J. Hunsinger, Commissioners Ron Jordan and Kevin McCallen, Deputy Directory Pierce Frauenheim, and Administrator of Leisure and Community Services Dina Trunzo.

“The Leisure Service Committee has evaluated the venues and the overall health risk to residents, plus the amount of time it takes to pre-plan these events, and has decided that it would be in the public’s best interest to postpone the events until 2022,” Somerset County Commissioner Paul Drake said in the release.

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