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Welcome to the beTween Walk

Starting group at Between Walk 2017

Our 7th Annual "beTween Walk"  took place on Saturday April 15, 2017. This year 23 FreeWalkers participated in pleasant weather with a few new highlights. Maria Austin arranged a free stop at Ruthie's a welcome breakfast place in Highland Park. They had a spread of bagels for us compliments of the house. The walk ended for about 10 of us at the Thomas Edison Center in Menlo Park (aka the Edison museum). Russ Gurham our tour guide was an outstanding historian and storyteller spinning interesting facts about Edison and the place where is famous laboratory once stood.

The walk traces the East Coast Greenway and Middlesex Greenway trails for about  12 miles from New Brunswick to Metropark Station, Iselin. This walk is designed to pick up where the Great Canal Walk leaves off in New Burnswick (April 8th) and end where the 50-mile Big Walk begins on May 20, 2017. All three walks combined enable one to complete the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge of walking 100 miles on the East Coast Greenway across the entire state in 2017

This walk is a relatively easy 12-mile walk through towns, streets, county roads, parks and new community trails like the Middlesex Greenway. The trail plenty has plenty to offer in unique sightseeing surprises along the way. Over the last few years, a new natural trail along the Middlesex Greenway (former rail bed) now offers less streetside walking. The Edison Monument renovations are complete and its small museum is now open to the public. Plans are being made to stop by there and marvel at the genius of the man and the art deco monument, the world's largest light bulb honoring the man.

Come join us. This event is FREE and open to everyone. 

Here's a recap of 2011 walk

Here's photos from a previous year's walk (2013)

Here's the video from 2011 walk

THE WALK BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TODAY

on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:31
The public is invited to walk along the East Coast Greenway Trail from New Brunswick to Metropark, Iselin on April 19th. 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.

Walking to a deeper appreciation of NJ open spaces

on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 21:29
From THE STATE WE'RE IN by Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, NJ Conservation Foundation, March 4, 2011 Land is its own best advocate. Few indeed are those who can walk through the Garden State's spectacular natural areas and not want to see more land saved. This spring, let the land speak to you: Join the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge! The Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge invites people to walk 100 miles across the state - from Trenton to New York City. The idea springs from a partnership between the FreeWalkers (www.freewalkers.org), a long distance walking group, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance (www.greenway.org). Accept the Challenge and you can join any - or all - of three group walks along different sections of the trail, or complete the 100 miles at your own pace and schedule. Each section of the Cross-Jersey Challenge has its own website, complete with routes, maps, descriptions and frequently asked questions.

The Fountain Sculpture - Light Dispelling Darkness

on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 16:51

"Light Dispelling Darkness" is a unique sculpture and fountain in Roosevelt Park, Edison NJ. The sculpture depicts a unified world where Science, Industry and Education dispel War, Famine, Pestilence, Death, Greed and Materialism.

Originally created as a WPA project in 1937, the art Deco terra cotta is by sculptor Waylande Gregory. As director of the New Jersey WPA. The Work Progress Administration (WPA) was one of the controversial ideas of FDR used to creat jobs during the Great Depression.