A compilation of recent news articles about the Morris Canal/Greenway. If you find a story you'd like to see posted, email

The Record, 2/11/2018
A mile-long walking and biking trail along the Ramapo River may be ready just in time for summer. The trail, an extension of the developing Morris Canal Greenway, is considered the Pompton Feeder spur.

The Record, 1/23/2018
An abandoned railway line from Pequannock to Wayne will be turned into an asphalt trail for biking and hiking with access to the NJ Transit Mountain View rail station.

Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo was named Third Vice-Chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees at the organization’s meeting on Monday (Jan. 22)., 1/18/2018
The Morris County Board of Freeholders announced this week they signed an agreement to purchase an abandoned 4.4-mile railroad right-of-way in Pequannock and Wayne from the New York Susquehanna and Western Railway. This railroad right-of-way will be converted into a long-planned recreation, hiking and biking trail that will connect to the NJ Transit Mountain View rail station.

TapInto.Net, 1/10/2018
When Bloomfield Councilman Carlos Pomares was elected to serve on the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders in this past November's election, it created a situation where a vacant council seat would need to be filled.  While there was plenty of  residents interested in fulfilling the role,  Richard Rockwell, a business analyst by trade, was chosen to join the council. 
The Record, 12/21/2017
Chris Pedota created a three-part mini-documentary on the Morris Canal that gave a glimpse into what life was like on that historic waterway a century ago.
TapInto.Net, 12/13/2017
A paved path being proposed in Roxbury would connect the West Morris Greenway near Horseshoe Lake Park with Ledgewood Park near Mountain Road and Canal Street in Ledgewood.

The Record, 12/1/2017
In New Jersey, one of America’s original “thirteen colonies,” history is hard to escape. Sometimes it is seen in the architecture of 200-year-old buildings, sometimes in famous landscapes Gen. George Washington and his armies traversed on their way to triumph in the Revolutionary War. Sometimes it is contained in merely beautiful natural wonders, such as Paterson’s Great Falls.
The Record, 11/30/2017
With work expected on a city sewer line cutting through the Alonzo F. Bonsal Wildlife Preserve in Clifton and Montclair, preservationists for the approximately 21-acre forest now have another pipe to worry about.

The Record, 11/27/2017
    Imagine a day when Route 80 is demolished, its exit and entrance ramps destroyed, and its ribbon of real estate given back to the dozens of New Jersey towns it now bisects.

Jersey Digs, 11/20/2017
    In February, Jersey Digs reported on plans to develop a continuous 102-mile Morris Canal Greenway for pedestrians and bicyclists that would stretch from the Delaware River in Phillipsburg to the Hudson River in Jersey City. Now, steps are being taken by local officials in two Hudson County municipalities in order to make the project a reality.

NJ Herald, 9/25/17
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Architects News, 9/21/17
    Last week the Regional Plan Association (RPA) released a report proposing the creation of a 1,650-mile trail system linking Manhattan to the outer boroughs and tri-state area. The report, Accessing Nature, is part of RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan, which is slated for release later this fall. If the entire plan came to fruition, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents would be able to hike and bike a combined distance equal to that between New York and Colorado.

TapInto.Net, 9/20/17
    BLOOMFIELD, NJ - New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition’s Let’s Walk program is partnering with The Morris Canal Greenway Committee and the Bloomfield Health Department for a guided walk on Saturday September 30 at 9 a.m. The wallk, along a section of the canal that passes through Bloomfield, will be led by Rich Rockwell of the Bloomfield Historical Society. Rockwell will be telling the history of the canal pointing out historical landmarks along the route.

Morristown Green, 9/20/17
    The Friends of Historic Speedwell will honor Jane Kurek and John Manna as “Friends of History,” at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. Manna, a retired financial analyst for the U.S. Postal Service, has raised more than $3 million to restore a lock on the Morris Canal. He has been instrumental in the success of Wharton’s Canal Day Music & Craft Festival.

Jersey Digs, 9/20/17
    Thousands of residents and commuters nonchalantly drive over or take the train under the Central Avenue Bridge in Newark every day, but a new report is raising questions over whether the structure is safe. Built in 1908, the pony truss bridge is so old that for the first several years of its existence, the Newark City Subway did not even exist yet. At the time, the bridge crossed over the Morris Canal as it traveled from Phillipsburg to Jersey City. In 1935, after the canal was closed, the first part of what was then known as the #7 trolley opened under the bridge.

Daily Record, 9/16/17
     The first leg of a 40-mile trail system around Lake Hopatcong will open next weekend at the Hopatcong Senior Center.The first phase of the trail runs through nine miles of Hopatcong, beginning along the Morris Canal Towpath across from Hopatcong State Park in Landing.

TapInto.Net, 9/7/17
    ROXBURY, NJ - More than 100 years ago, when residents of Ledgewood (then called Drakesville) wanted to shop for anything that they had not grown, made for themselves or acquired by bartering with a neighbor, they walked or rode over to the King Store on Main Street, alongside the Morris Canal basin., 7/28/17. 
    MONTVILLE -- Folks take a canoe trip on the Morris Canal in Montville in this photo from 1918. OK, this isn't really a news article, but it's a cool photo!

The Record, 7/25/17
    LITTLE FALLS — Passaic County officials are proposing a footbridge for the Peckman Preserve of the Morris Canal Greenway, part of a larger effort to create bike and pedestrian routes along the former Morris Canal right-of-way.  The 100-foot long, 10-foot wide steel bridge would be constructed in the southern section of the Peckman Preserve, between Wilmore and Cedar Grove roads, and connect the Peckman Preserve Trail to Wilmore Road/Memorial Park.

TapInto.Net, 7/18/17
    LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Planners and engineers from Passaic County were recently on hand at a special meeting at the Little Falls Civic Center to discuss the installment of a bridge that will be placed over the Peckman River in order to complete the Morris Canal Greenway, which spans hundreds of miles throughout Northern New Jersey.  The goal of the project is to create a passive recreational pathway along the route of the Morris Canal, according to Jason Simmons, senior environmental planner for the Passaic County Planning Department. Considered a historic site, the Morris Canal was started in 1831 and stretched approximately 102 miles long. It became one of the state's first major transportation systems, which was eventually overshadowed by the railroad system, and then by interstate highways.

TapInto.Net, 7/13/17. 
    ROXBURY, NJ – Three historic buildings in Roxbury – the King Homestead in Ledgewood, the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad train station in Landing and the Ledgewood Baptist Church – have been recommended to each receive more than $100,000 in grant money for preservation projects, it was announced Wednesday. The buildings are among 25 historic sites in Morris County being recommended to share $2.9 million in grants through the county’s 2017 Preservation Trust Fund. The recommendations were made to the county freeholders by the trust fund review board.

NJ Herald, 7/12/17.
    STANHOPE -- Pathways to Stanhope's elementary and Lenape Valley schools will be getting lights as part of a $825,000 grant approved for the borough by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority on Tuesday.
The money comes from the Transportation Alternatives Program run by the Federal Highway Administration and flows through the state DOT to the three regional planning authorities. The funding includes $615,000 over the next several years to the Division of Parks and Forestry for trail and Morris Canal improvements at Waterloo Village in Byram., 7/11/17.
    LITTLE FALLS, NJ - An open house will be held on Tuesday, July 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Little Falls Civic Center, 19 Warren St. to discuss the proposed Peckman River Bridge Crossing along the path of the Morris Canal Greenway. For more information, contact assistant county planner Jason Miranda at, visit or visit, 7/11/17.
    ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury Township will receive a $909,000 state grant that will help it complete the Main Street improvement project in Succasunna and create a bicycle lane between Black River Park and Route 46, it was announced today. The project is one of 27 approved July 11 for funding by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees, according to the authority. The NJTPA will award $19.46 million in grants to fund pedestrian and bicycle facilities, trails, improved access to transit and historical preservation, it said., 6/8/17
    Arts and history will meet at a cultural crossroads this weekend in Warren County. The inaugural -- and free -- "ParkFest @ Bread Lock Park" on Saturday will combine music, art, literature and aspects of local transportation history at the spot along the former Morris Canal, according to a county news release.

Sparta Independent, 6/6/17
    STANHOPE – Waterloo Village’s transportation heritage will again come alive at the 11th annual Waterloo Canal Day Festival on June 24 (rain date June 25), sponsored by the Canal Society of New Jersey and the NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry. The Canal Society will offer similar Canal Days two Saturdays a month through the summer and into the fall, on July 8 and 22, August 5 and 26, September 9 and 23, and October 14 and 28. All of these special days will feature musical entertainment, tours of village buildings, boat rides, and merchandise sales, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Canal Society volunteers will be on hand to talk about the area’s history and offer hands-on activities. Waterloo Village is located on Waterloo Road at Exit 25 off of Route I-80, Stanhope, NJ.

TapInto.Net, 5/16/17.
    BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Historical Society of Bloomfield, in collaboration with Bloomfield College, Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee, and the Bloomfield Recreation Department, will present "The Story of the Morris Canal in Bloomfield: From its Heyday as Freight Transportation System to Modern Urban Greenway" at Bloomfield College on Tuesday May 23. "I am pleased that the Morris Canal is making a relevant comeback," said Carlos Pomares, Bloomfield Township's Councilman At-large. "As our community grows, offering the Morris Canal Greenway is much in tune with the expectations with today's society."

TapInto.Net 5/12/17.
    BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bloomfield's historic Berkeley Avenue Bridge official opened today in a ceremony attended by municipal and county dignitaries. Built in 1922, it was one of last bridges over what was then the Morris Canal. The new bridge is constructed to meet the transportation and safety requirements of the 21st Century. 5/13/17.
    The reconstruction of the Berkeley Avenue Bridge in Bloomfield has been a long time coming. “It was in the same place for 10 years,” observed Essex County Engineer Sanjeev Varghese. “Some people didn’t want the bridge. They just wanted the trail underneath.” The original structure's railing, for example, was salvaged and will be used for seating in the Wright's Field Park and on the Old Morris Canal trail below the bridge. 3/8/17.
        Conservation groups are close to securing a key piece of land in Mahwah to connect two of the region’s largest parks. A few miles east, six towns recently banded together with hopes of converting a rail line into a trail that runs through the Northern Valley. And one of the largest planning agencies in the state is taking a significant step forward to turn the defunct Morris Canal into a 102-mile pathway from the Hudson River to the Delaware River.

Jersey Digs, 2/21/17. 
    ...Now, there is an effort by the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to link the recently developed properties to create a statewide greenway connecting Jersey City with Phillipsburg along the route of the former Morris Canal. According to a legal notice, the NJTPA “is announcing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for consultant assistance to support development of a continuous greenway along the historic Morris Canal right-of-way” and “the effort will involve inventorying the entire route, conducting outreach, and preparing design guidelines and recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian use”., 1/21/17.
    PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - Outdoor enthusiasts can now take a historic walk in Phillipsburg as the town opens the first part of a canal greenway that will eventually connect New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The cut of a ribbon, plenty of people walking, and a lot of history on South Main Street in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

Lehigh Valley Live, 1/20/17.
    The Morris Canal is intertwined not just with Phillipsburg's history, but that of Jim Lee Jr.'s family. His great-grandfather piloted a boat on the state-spanning canal that accelerated the town's growth in the 1830s. His grandmother was born on a canal boat. A conch shell used by his ancestors to signal their approach to lock-tenders is his family's most cherished artifact, he said. And on Friday, the name of his great-grandfather's boat -- Rachael 713 -- was added to the replica unveiled along a now-open section of the Morris Canal Greenway.

NJ Herald, 1/15/17.  The Tenant House is a three-story stone, two-family dwelling partially set into the hillside overlooking Old Waterloo Road as it faces the Morris Canal and the Musconetcong River. It is also one of the oldest surviving buildings in the village. The Tenant House appears to have been constructed in the 1840s, based on map references and physical architectural evidence.

Lehigh Valley Live, 1/12/17.
  In its heyday, the Morris Canal stretched 102 miles from one side of New Jersey to the other. And next week, a section in Phillipsburg will officially re-open. In a sense. The town plans a ribbon-cutting to mark the completion of its section of the Morris Canal Greenway, a historic trail that Mayor Stephen Ellis said is a first for the town.


Canal Society to host program at Waterloo Village on Saturday New Jersey Hills/Mt. Olive Chronicle, 8/24/16. 

Morris Canal Greenway Project detailed New Jersey Hills, 8/10/16., 8/3/16.

Waterloo Village Canal Day Festival Daily Record, 6/27/16.

Independent Press/, 6/24/16.

Bloomfield Life/The Record, 5/19/16. 
New Jersey Hills/The Citizen, 4/26/16. 

Independent Press, 4/6/16.

Baristanet, 3/14/16. 

Paterson Times, 3/4/16. 

The Record/Clifton Journal, 2/5/16. 

Bloomfield bridge reconstruction delayed two weeks The Record/Bloomfield Life, 2/5/16.

Revamping Boonton's boardwalk New Jersey Hills, 12/2/15. 

Eagle Scout projects improve Bloomfield's quality of life Bloomfield Life/, 10/15/15. 

"Bloomfield book's proceeds go to preservation", 10/1/15.     

"Community members help renovate historic houseEssex News Daily, 9/13/15.  
"Canals of New Jersey,", 7/24/15. 
"Morris County voices at NJ Preservation Conference, June 3-4," Independent Press, 5/21/15.

"Restoration work begins on the 18th-century Collins House," Essex News Daily, 5/13/15.

"Waterloo Friends group plans more restoration work," New Jersey Herald, 4/24/15.

"County puts $200,000 more towards Morris Canal Greenway in Paterson, Clifton," Paterson Times, 4/14/15.

"Baker Building breaks ground in Ward F," Hudson Reporter, 4/12/15.

"Plans afloat to improve Morris Canal in Pompton Lakes with park," Suburban Trends, 3/26/15.

"Passaic County plans three Morris Canal hikes," Paterson Times, 3/24/15.

"History of New Jersey canals at Macculloch Hall in Morristown," Morris News Bee, 3/23/15.

"Waterloo cleanup draws students statewide," New Jersey Herald, 3/20/15.

"Plans are being made to re-open Boonton’s boardwalk," Neighbor News, 2/25/15.

"Passaic County hopes to create park near Morris Canal with property from a land swap with Woodland Park," Passaic Valley Today, 2/19/15.

"Braille Trail opens in Mount Olive," Daily Record, 4/29/14.