New fishing pier and launch system at Scotland Run Park almost complete
(Clayton, NJ) – A new EZ Launch system for canoers and kayakers and a new fishing pier are near completion at Gloucester County's Scotland Run Park. Scotland Run Park is home to the 80-acre Wilson lake and a popular location for fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said that the new EZ Launch system that has been installed is designed to help people of all abilities more easily and safely launch and disembark from their vessels.
Damminger said, "This county is dedicated to provide recreational facilities to all of our residents, and this new launch system and fishing pier are both ADA accessible." ADA is the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law that, among other assurances, guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations.
Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco, liaison to the Department of Parks & Land Preservation said that the new EZ Launch system allows a canoe or kayak to sit in a cradle that keeps it steady while the user climbs in and out. Paddle notches on its side allow boaters push themselves forward and roll their vessel off the platform and into the water. The installation of the system is completed.
DiMarco said, “We have well over 900 families per summer renting kayaks and canoes at the lake and many more who bring their own vessel. This is a popular recreational attraction and we now it will be easier for everyone to use.”
DiMarco said, “The new fishing pier will also have a thatched roof to provide some shelter from the elements.” DiMarco said that the added fishing pier should be completed by next week. “We are glad to be able to expand the area that people can fish by adding this additional pier, that is also ADA accessible.”
Pictured: New EZ Launch system at Scotland Run Park