County's Mantoloking Bridge Park Officially Open

Park expected to draw anglers, crabbers to Brick

County officials this week formally opened the new Mantoloking Bridge County Park, a fishing and recreational area on the Brick side of the Mantoloking Bridge that will cater to anglers, crabbers and sightseers.

The park features a new, 70-foot-long fishing and crabbing pier, a boardwalk, picnic area, sun shade, gazebo and lighted paths. It also includes a connecting path that leads to a second, 152-foot-long fishing pier on the south side of the bridge which was made out of a portion of the previous span that was replaced in 2006.

Work on the park, which cost $1.4 million to build, began in May 2011. Visitors have been allowed inside the park for most of this summer, however its formal completion and opening occurred this week.

The park was busy Thursday, with plenty of locals crabbing, fishing and taking scenic photos with their cameras.

"This park will be great not only during the tourism season but also for our year-round residents," said Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari. "It combines a part of this county’s rich history and our bay heritage. It brings a number of recreational benefits to Brick Township, Mantoloking and the surrounding area."

The park will eventually be connected to the park that Brick Township is building at the site of the former Traders Cove Marina. That site should be ready next year, officials have said.

The county portion provides parking for 55 vehicles as well as restroom facilities.

The park is already proving popular with local anglers and crabbers, said Pete Ordeman, owner of Pell's Fish and Sport, a bait and tackle shop a few minutes up Mantoloking Road.

"People are already using it," he said. "It's becoming pretty popular."

Ordeman said Thursday that anglers are discovering the local population of snapper bluefish in the area. A few blowfish have been caught recently.

"The setting could not be better for visitors and citizens," said Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little. "You can do so much here while enjoying Barnegat Bay, truly an environmental gem here in Ocean County."

hope all is well July 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I know teacher to dont make a ton of money NOr do most Brick Rest. However our Supr does... maybe he will chip in?
Lori Morrison July 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Years ago when Traders Cove was first purchased, it was supposed to be a combination of the Township, County and State all contributing to the cost. Brick's portion then was $700,000. Our Administration then wanted the State out of the purchase because of control issues. When the division of the property was finally approved, the County paid for their portion of the purchase and completed the Park as promised. Dan, maybe you could do a story on the history of Traders Cove going back to the beginning.
Slippery Slope July 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Traitors cove money pit. Mark my words, this will go down in history as a big waste of money and the town and taxpayers will be arguing over this waste of money forever.
darrell August 06, 2012 at 02:19 AM
As I walk the County Park into Traders Cove to the end, I thought it would be nice to have a path leading into the wooded section across from the lagoon. Any chance?
BoroPride August 12, 2012 at 02:41 AM
My husband and I took our children there today to crab and fish, what a great place. Its VERY hard to find place to crab and fish with the kids and have it kid friendly. There is a lot of room and there is bathrooms on the property. We mainly fish in Monmouth Co., but we will be heading down to this spot more often. Traveling 25 minutes is so worth it.


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