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The Open Space Committee advises the Borough Council as to parcels of land that can be purchased as well as to preserve and improve current property owned by the Borough for open space, conservation, recreation and parklands.  See Ordinance 2-42 and 2-43 for more about the Open Space Trust Fund and Committee.

This Committee has 7 members of which 1 must be the Council Liaison.  Members are appointed by the Mayor with consent of the Governing Body. Terms are 3 years on a staggered basis. Members  will serve until their respective successors are appointed and qualified.

All meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every month and open to the public via Zoom until further notice.
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Meeting ID: 881 9167 3860
Passcode: 863091

Jan 26     Feb 23     Mar 30
Apr 27     May 25     Jun 29
Jul 27     Aug 31     Sep 28
Oct 26     Nov 30     Dec 28

Members and expiration dates:

Council RepresentativeDonald Melnyk1 Year12/31/2022
Resident MemberBruce Kutosh3 Years12/31/2023
Resident MemberTim Sanfratello3 Years12/31/2023
Resident MemberMark Luithle3 Years12/31/2022
Resident MemberSamantha McCarthy3 Years12/31/2022
Resident MemberLaurie Salka1 Years12/31/2024
Resident MemberDouglas Widman3 Years12/31/2024
Open Space PropertyLocationFun Facts
Twin Lights Lighthouse2 Lighthose RoadThe first Twin Lights are built in 1828, with Joshua Doty as first Keeper. The present Twin Lights are constructed in 1862, with Keeper Gordon B. Sickles. On April 24, 1893 the first official reading of the Pledge of Alligence was at the Twin Lights.
Gertrude Ederle ParkNavesink and Bay AvesThe park was first dedicated to Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to successfully swim across the English Channel, on August 14, 1975. Trudy attended that ceremony.
Frank Hall ParkMiller St near Navesink AveDedicated September 27, 1975 in honor of a former Mayor. Mr. Hall was also President of the Board of Education, Lion member, founder of Camp Happiness, Director of the NJ Blind Men's association, Founder of the Highlands Yacht Club, former Councilman and Planning Board member.
Overlook Park104 Navesink AveResident and Architect Peter Mullen originally drew plans in 2014. He revised those in 2020.  Pylons from the old Highlands-Sea Bright Drawbridge will be used at the park. Aquired in 2008 by the NJ DOT. To be dedicated in 2023
Veterans Park51 Bay AveAquired by the Borough though Green Acres in 1975.  The park is a tribute to all of the Borough's Veterans.
Cornwall Square138 Bay AveFormer President of the Highlands Garden Club, Marcia Shaya, designed the Cornwall Square Park in 2004. The Highlands  Business Partnership purchased signage and pavers as well as secured a barter contract for landscaping from Rahm.
Huddy Park329 Bay AveAquired by the Borough in the early 1940s through a tax lien forclosure, the park was officially named "Huddy Park" in 1948.  Captain Joshua Huddy was a Revolutionary War Patriot who was hanged near the park on April 12, 1782 without benefit of a trial. 
South Bay BeachSouth Bay Ave4/1/1924 Borough buys the beach "under the bridge"
Snug Harbor Park & SkateparkBay Ave & Snug HarborCom Ctr dedicated June 1978.
Baymen's LotOff Fifth StSixty clammers unite to form the Baymen's Protective Association and purchase the Association Lot 11/1/1905
Bus Stop and terrace on Miller & 36Miller St & Navesink AveAquired in 1933, the terracing was added through funds from the Highlands Business Partnership in 2006. The design was again by former Garden Club President Marcia Shaya.
Miller St BeachEnd of Miller St4/1/1924 Borough buys the beach and parking lot.
Community Center BeachBeach Blvd & Snug HarborOn 10/8/1947, the Borough began its lease of the beach from the Waterwitch Beach Improvement Association.
Matthews St BeachEnd of Matthews StAquired by Borough by foreclosure 2001. Beach access is from Matthews St. In 2016 deemed not feasible nor practical for a kyack launch by town & County Open Space due to lack of parking and a very narrow street.
Baymen's Lot BeachOff Fifth StSixty clammers unite to form the Baymen's Protective Association and purchase the Association Lot 11/1/1905
Walkway connecting 36 to Highland AveNavesink to Highlands AveThis public walkway allows for pedestrians to & from travel from Navesink and Highlands Ave.
Marine Place Park WalkwayMarine PlaceThe original bulkheads built 1906-1908, those were replaced in the early 1950s. The current steel one was erected in 1999.
Pedestrian Walkway at Sandy Hook Bay MarinaEnd of Willow StDEP walkway easement, link is here:
Pedestrian Walkway Along Captain's CoveRogers AveThe first Water Witch boat basin is constructed in 1906, renovated in 1947. Work has been ongoing there since 2016.