The end of winter brings a slew of outdoor activities to enjoy
Winter can be a lot of fun, especially as Christmas and New Year’s take place during it. Plus, it’s extremely satisfying to sit down with a hot cup of cocoa in front of a roaring fire after spending all day in the cold. Yet for all its charms, winter becomes a drag the longer it goes on. People have to bundle up just to go outside, cars have to be warmed up before people can head off to school or work, and there’s the worry about pipes freezing or some other seasonal calamity. Such circumstances is why people greet the arrival of spring with open arms. One benefit of spring is that the warmer weather opens up a bunch of outdoor activities for one to partake of. The residents of the Grand Meridia in Rahway, New Jersey, are fortunate to have a wide variety of spring activities in close proximity to the luxury apartment complex.
The 29,451 inhabitants of the city of Rahway, New Jersey, look forward to spring every year. The temperature rises from the average high of 39°F of January and 40°F of February to the much more pleasant 53°F of March and 62°F of April. (1) Those living at the Grand Meridia are able to pack away those bulky winter outfits and enjoy nature’s beauty in the comfort of a t-shirt and shorts.
A popular spring activity is to take a canoe or kayak out on the Rahway River. The Cranford Canoe Club offers canoe and kayak rentals. They also sell the best hot dogs and ice cream on the river, which people can enjoy once they’ve worked up an appetite on the river.
A hidden gem that a few residents of the Grand Meridia have found is the Hawk Rise Sanctuary. This ecological preserve is maintained by the NJ Audubon and was opened in 2012. Open from sunrise to sunset, this 95-acre sanctuary features 1.5 miles of trails and abundant wildlife. (2) What is unexpected about this sanctuary is that it lies in an industrial area that features a landfill, police shooting range, and strip malls. The Hawk Rise Migration Madness event takes place on April 18th as people will be looking for spring migrants in the maple-oak forest as well as examining the freshwater and salt marsh habitats for a variety of birds.
A popular destination for those living at the luxurious Grand Meridia is the Trailside Nature & Science Center, which is part of the Watchung Reservation. The Reservation is a preserve of over 2,000 acres and features the 6-mile Watchung Reservation History Trail. The Trailside Nature & Science Center features a bevy of events during the spring to allow one, especially children, to get closer to nature. Of particular interest is the Wild Earth Fest taking place on April 28th. (3) This daylong event features a petting zoo, bounce house, live animal demonstrations, live music, educational displays, face painting, and outdoor skills. Kids will get a kick out of the Touch a Truck portion of the event where they can climb aboard a variety of public safety vehicles like firetrucks.
Hadi Abreu of the Grand Meridia says, “I’m always excited to see spring arrive in Rahway. I enjoy hiking, but it’s more fun and easier to do during the spring than in the winter. I know many parents at the Grand Meridia sigh with relief when spring comes as it allows the little ones to blow off steam outside. One of the benefits of living in the Grand Meridia in Rahway is that there is a ton of outdoor activities to be found within just a few miles. The Watchung Reservation and Hawk Rise Sanctuary are two places of natural beauty to be savored, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the more than ten parks that are found around Rahway and in Union County. These parks offer hiking trails, rivers to canoe on, fishing spots, baseball fields, a swimming pool, soccer fields, picnic areas, basketball courts, and so much more. One particular area of importance is the Rahway River Parkway, a greenway of parkland that offers multiple scenic bridges to cross and places of historical interest. The Rahway River Parkway is also comprised of many smaller parks, each of which offers their own unique character.” (4)
4) Quote from Hadi Abreu of the Grand Meridia