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The Tween Walk: The Walk Between Yesterday and Today

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:43

The Public is Invited to Walk along the East Coast Greenway Trail from New Brunswick to Iselin on April 16th.

The FreeWalkers, a social network of walking enthusiasts, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance invite the public to join the FREE 12.3-mile NB2MP10 Tween Walk (http://bit.ly/tweenwalk) from New Brunswick to Metropark, Iselin on Saturday April 16. The event encourages walking as common exercise for fun, fitness and as a means to support public trails. It’s an urban/suburban walk on sidewalk and park paths through the bustling towns and neighborhoods of Middlesex County, with a brief history lesson of this area and how this area has served the nation.

Starting at the New Brunswick train station the walk crosses over the Raritan River and follows Rt. 27/Raritan Avenue through Highland Park turning on to Rt. 514/Woodbridge Avenue at the Doughboy monument that marks the sacrifices given from this area for World War I.

Next, the walk will pass through the Piscataway Burial Grounds at St. James Church, which may be the oldest cemetery in Middlesex dating as far back to the 1693. Its tombstones include the American Revolution and Civil War heroes and even an alleged witch. After passing in front of Middlesex County College and through the neighborly community of Fords, the trail goes through popular Roosevelt Park. The park is a result a WPA project, displaying its own unique monuments and sculpture that are signs of an era of great American government projects.

Finally, in homage to this hard-working area that spawned so many industrial ideas and products, the walk will pass through Edison State Park, the grounds of Thomas Edison most famous research, where the lab that spawned over 400 of his inventions stood, marked by the 1937 art deco Edison Tower that still stands as a beacon of industrial genius.

The walk is the second event of the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge. The Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge (http://crossjerseywalk.org) is a new program created by the FreeWalkers and the East Coast Greenway Alliance that calls on anyone and everyone to walk 100 miles along the New Jersey length of the East Coast Greenway sometime during the year of 2011.

The FreeWalkers (http://freewalkers.org) encourage everyone to join any of their upcoming walking events, which are free and open to the public. For more information on the Tween Walk visit http://bit.ly/tweenwalk

The East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) is non-profit organization developing a public multi-use 3,000 mile trail from Canada to Key West. A well-defined portion is open to the public and runs from Pennsylvania across New Jersey to New York City (visit http://greenway.org). “The Tween Walk offers healthy exercise AND an entertaining look at an often overlooked area of New Jersey.” says Michael Kruimer, New Jersey Chairman for the ECGA and an Edison native. Mike goes on, “There’s a reason Edison is an important commercial intersection of the state. Our unique geography, history and contributions have had a lot to do with New Jersey’s success.” So, why not “learn” while you “burn” by walking the Tween Walk?