HIMANSHU R. SHAH
TOWNSHIP OF OLD BRIDGE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2020
Public Relations Officer
732-721-5600 ext. 2035
COTTRELL FARM PARK REHABILITATION PHASE I GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
Old Bridge Township, NJ - Today was the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Phase I of Cottrell Farm Park Building Rehabilitation, a project to renovate and restore the historical landmark in the Old Bridge Township. Cottrell Farms is a 21.5 acres historical apple orchard located in Old Bridge Township, the buildings on the property are over 100 years old.
“The long road we went down to get here was an arduous one. The time it took to finally begin Phase I of this project began nearly two decades ago. The funding needed to acquire the Cottrell Farm property was no small amount. It is a momentous day because of the unwavering efforts and tireless dedication of those involved in this project saved this beautiful historic farm to make Old Bridge a better place to live” Mayor Owen Henry said in his speech.
In 2010, Cottrell Park was purchased by the township with help from Middlesex County and NJDEP Green Acres and Baykeepers for the purpose of preservation and conservation of open space. In 2017, Mayor Owen Henry and Administration had requested that the Department of Community Development develop a concept plan for the proposed Cottrell Farm Park. The Township has accepted responsibility for security, liability, management and enforcement of the Green Acres Restrictions and enforcement of the Middlesex County Park rules and regulations.
Phase I of this plan includes rehabilitating the buildings, farmhouse and constructing a park site plan. Renovations include updating the restrooms, refinishing of interior wood working and preparing the buildings to withstand all four seasons. Park plans include a playground, a splash park, a community garden and an amphitheater. The projected estimated cost of Phase I is $1,263,000, the entire project cost estimate is $6.25 million. For more information, please visit oldbridge.com/cottrellfarm
Pictured from left: Janet Phillips, wife of Former Mayor James Phillips, Nicole Shapiro- Old Bridge Township Engineer, Himanshu Shah Business Administrator, Mayor Owen Henry, Senator Sam Thompson, Charlene O’Hara-Cottrell Family and Old Bridge Council President Mary Sohor.
Originally incorporated in 1869 as Madison Township, Old Bridge Township was officially renamed in 1975 by referendum. It is the third largest municipality in Middlesex County covering 38 square miles with a population of approximately 70,000 and is the state’s 18th largest municipality. It is situated across the Raritan Bay from Staten Island, about 25 miles (40 km) from Manhattan. The township is divided into six geographical voting wards and is governed by a Township Council of nine elected members and a Mayor. For additional information, please contact Mayor Owen Henry’s Office at (732) 721-5600 ext.2040 or go to: www.oldbridge.com.