In October of 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated the entire Jersey Shore, including Berkeley Island County Park. Four feet of water flooded the park, eroding the shoreline, washing away the parking lot and tearing apart bathrooms, picnic areas, and more.

About 18 months ago, officials broke ground on "new" Berkeley Island County Park, and this Friday the park will re-open.

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Township officials will hold the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2pm at the entrance to the park on Brennan Concourse on Wednesday, May 23rd, and the park will be fully open to the public at 3:30pm on Friday, May 25th.

The fishing pier has been rebuilt, new bathrooms and gazebos have been installed, and eroded areas have been replenished. Berkeley Island will also be the first county park to have a "splash park", according to Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr.

Everyone made a big deal when the boardwalks in Seaside and Point were rebuilt after Sandy, but this is a reminder that some places took a lot longer, and some places are still not back to where they were before the storm. It's a great sign, though, to see a smaller park like this re-opened, and hopefully more of the shore will be restored.

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