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Brick ‘Community Cleanup’ Set for April 27 at Riverwalk Refuge Trail

The Riverwalk Refuge in Brick Township. (Photo: Brick Township)

The Riverwalk Refuge in Brick Township. (Photo: Brick Township)

A community cleanup under the “Pick Up Brick” program will have its next event April 27, officials announced this week.

Mayor Lisa Crate will be among those who pitch in to help spruce up a unique part of the community – the Riverwalk Refuge off Mantoloking Road. The refuge is named for Brick resident John Durrua, a lifelong conservationist who many in town knew as the proprietor of the popular Jersey Paddler kayak and outdoor store for many years.

This park, which can be accessed near the intersection of Mantoloking and Adamston roads (on the north side of Mantoloking, just west of the Vanada Woods community) was a gift free of charge from Save Barnegat Bay to Brick Township using state Green Acres funds, a bargain sale from Bank of America, and money raised from SBB’s membership.

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The Pick Up Brick program began under former Mayor John Ducey and is led by the Brick Township Environmental Commission. The group, under the program, hosts numerous cleanups of public spaces every year.

The Riverwalk Refuge cleanup is scheduled for April 27 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the entrance, located at 538 Mantoloking Road.

Anyone interested in joining the effort can call Vin Palmieri at 732-262-1000 ext 1325 or email

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