Park Advisory - All Middlesex County Parks and Open Spaces are open with reduced parking and strict social distancing requirements. As of Thursday 5/21, the dog parks in Donaldson and Thompson Parks are open and will close daily at 8pm. As of Friday 5/22, the community garden in Donaldson Park and certain restrooms and comfort stations will be open. Comfort Stations close daily at 6pm. Tennis Courts are open for singles play ONLY, no doubles, and the courts will close at 8pm. Facilities including playgrounds, basketball courts, and buildings remain closed. All park events, picnics and sports are suspended until further notice. All park visitors are to practice social distancing, refrain from large groups and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while enjoying our parks and open spaces.
Location: Riva Avenue, South Brunswick
Acreage: 499 Acres
• Small Boat Launching Ramp
• Walking and Open Play Areas
Key Features: This park is passive and primarily undeveloped. The pond and the waterfall, where the mill was once located, is one of the most picturesque areas of the County.
Helping to Protect our Native Pollinators!
Visitors to Davidson's Mill Pond Park may observe odd structures in the fields and meadows. In July 2015, as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project, Patrick Fitzgerald built and installed a series of Pollinator Boxes and Pollinator Hotels to benefit native plants and their pollinating insects - which are in decline.
Pollination is the transfer of pollen between plants that allow for fertilization and the production of seeds.
In Middlesex County, typical pollinators include butterflies and bees. Over 75% of all flowering plants depend on animals to pollinate them - including many of the fruits and vegetables that we eat! Non-native honeybees have historically done much of this pollination. But the U.S. has lost over 50% of its honeybee colonies - due to disease, pesticides, and habitat degredation.
One important way we can improve the success of our native pollinators is by providing nesting places where they can lay eggs or hibernate in the winter. As you visit Davidson's Mill Pond Park, look for the pollinator boxes and hotels shown in these photos. These structures allow pollinators to live and thrive in the area and help their population to grow. Please do not approach or disturb the pollinator boxes.