Splitrock parking lot closure backfiring

I stopped by the reservoir this evening to see if there had been any change from yesterday. There are still no signs to let the public know why the lot has been closed.

Aside from getting the attention of the NJ DEP and Jersey City leadership, the barricade does not seem to be having the desired effect of keeping the Split Rock Road clear of illegally parked cars and the Splitrock Reservoir clear of swimmers.  (Parking is prohibited the entire length of Split Rock Road in Rockaway Township and swimming is prohibited in the reservoir.)

Four swimmers were in the water directly in front of the boat launching area at 7:20 pm…

Swimmers on the evening of July 28, 2010

Swimmers on the evening of July 28, 2010

Cars are parked on both sides of the barricades…

Parking lot closure backfires

Parking lot closure backfires

Even directly on the road…

Parking lot closure backfires

Parking lot closure backfires

Two fishermen with enough ground clearance bypassed the barricades in order to help themselves to the state funded resource they are entitled to.

Two trucks bypassed the barricades

Two trucks bypassed the barricades

His logic seems sound to me.

One angler who would not be stopped

One angler who would not be stopped

Interestingly, none of he vehicles present at the time I was there had been issued parking tickets.  It seems clear that the barricades are not keeping people from using the reservoir.  In fact, they have created a condition in the vicinity of the parking lot which is now more hazardous than before while having little to no impact on the original problem of swimmers, littering and other disrespectful behavior.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Jersey City have contacted Rockaway Township in order to get meetings scheduled to resolve the jurisdictional and policing problems with the reservoir.

It is time to stop punishing the legitimate users of the reservoir, the fishermen, boaters and hikers, and REMOVE THE BARRICADES!

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2 Responses to Splitrock parking lot closure backfiring

  1. David says:

    My Father-in-law and I were one of the ones who parked outside of the lot on Tuesday. We were fortunate enough not to get a ticket but ALL other vehicles (with the exception of the two inside the lot) were given tickets sometime after 8pm. I sincerely hope they resolve their issues sooner than later and reopen the lot for the sake of all legitimate users of SRR.

  2. Pingback: Rockaway Township PD heavily ticketing Split Rock Road parkers | Friends of Splitrock

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