BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots Baseball Club, working in cooperation with the Somerset County Park Foundation, has provided 98 copies of Natural Beauty: Somerset County Parks by Clifford W. Zink to all Somerset County schools and libraries. The Park Foundation recently published the book that chronicles the history and development of the Somerset County Park system, among the most respected public recreation systems in the nation.
With 425 illustrations and photos from the 57-year history of the Commission, the book details the remarkable inception and growth of the nationally recognized park system. Patriots team owner Steve Kalafer presented a check in the amount of $3,800 to Foundation trustees to cover the cost of the books that will now be available to every child and adult in Somerset County.
“It is fantastic that every school and library will have the book,” commented author Zink at the presentation. “It is important that everyone in Somerset County has the opportunity to learn the history of Somerset County’s greatest resource.”
“Clifford Zink’s art, the ability to research and write the history of the Park Commission, accurately reflects the art that is the Somerset County park system,” noted Kalafer. “The Somerset Patriots are committed to giving back to the community and this allows us the opportunity to ensure that all children can understand the development of the natural resource that is our parks.”
Natural Beauty traces the growth of Somerset County’s park system from its roots in the County’s agricultural past through its evolution over nearly six decades into an organization utilizing creative public-private partnerships to preserve open space and serve more than 2,000,000 visitors and program participants annually. The book highlights information and excerpts from historic documents and interviews with former and present elected officials, commissioners, directors, planners, naturalists, rangers and recreation staff.
Natural Beauty is available free with a $40 donation to the Somerset County Park Foundation by visiting the Somerset County Park Commission Headquarters 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ, 08807; 908 722-1200. – Somerset County Park Foundation, December 13, 2013.
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