Pier at Blackwood Lake Under Council Consideration
Washington Twp. already has two piers on Blackwood Lake, but this isn't just a 'keeping up with the Joneses' situation, say advocates who want encourage more adult recreation.
The Blackwood Lake Advisory Commission has an idea that could encourage more adult recreational activities at the lake.
Commission members spoke to Councilman Sam Siler and asked him to bring forth an idea to the Gloucester Township Council to construct a pier on the township side of the lake. The Blackwood Lake is split between Gloucester Township and Washington Township. Washington Township has two piers on its end of the lake.
Siler noted the township could use open space money to construct the pier. He believes that the pier would open up more opportunities for township residents to engage in outdoor activities, such as fishing and canoeing.
“A lot of our recreation activities are for children,” Siler said. “There's not much for adults to do.”
The mention of fishing in Blackwood Lake brought up a short discussion of whether fishing was impacted by the NJ Transit diesel fuel spill that sent some fuel into the lake in January 2012. However, Council agreed unanimously that adding more recreational opportunities for adults in the township will be beneficial.
Council will discuss the pier again at its next workshop meeting in March. Township engineer John Pettit of Pettit Associates will be asked to give a proposal on the pier in the near future.
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