In November, 2015, after an eight-year endeavor, the South Jersey Land & Water Trust was proud to announce the official preservation of Tall Pines State Preserve, formerly Maple Ridge Golf Course.
This 111-acre parcel of land that straddles Mantua and Deptford Townships had been approved for building more than 100 housing units before its preservation. Thankfully, through the efforts from groups like SJLWT, the Friends of Maple Ridge, Gloucester County Nature Club, NJ Green Acres program, Mantua Township, the Gloucester County Board of Freeholders and Gloucester County Office of Land Preservation, the property was preserved.
The preservation of this land created the first state park in Gloucester County and New Jersey’s 40th state park.
Maintenance of the park will be conducted by Mantua Township, and regular monthly litter cleanups and periodic workdays will be conducted by the South Jersey Land & Water Trust and the Friends of Tall Pines.
The property held its official Dedication Ceremony and unveiled the new sign on June 20, 2016; watch the video here.