Freeholder Bartlett Left His Mark in Barnegat Township  

Dec 17, 2018

Ocean County Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr., who had held office for nearly 40 years, died Dec. 12 at his home in Pine Beach at the age of 71. During his tenure as freeholder, Bartlett took great pride in growing the park system, preserving open space, supporting and expanding Ocean County College and ensuring the fiscal health of the county. He helped establish 27 county parks, and one of those facilities, Berkeley Island County Park, now bears his name.

One of the last parks established was Cloverdale Farm County Park, located off West Bay Avenue in Barnegat. Dedicated in 2015, it is 90 acres of cranberry bogs and wooded uplands.

A year earlier, the county opened Lochiel Creek Park, which covers more than 177 acres of forests and wetlands. The park is located along the westbound side of Barnegat Boulevard.

“He was a good man, and an honest man,” said Deputy Mayor Alfonso Cirulli. “He had a tough job because when it comes to the county, towns usually want more than what the county can offer. In trying to get parks established here, sometimes we butted heads and had disagreements, but there was always mutual respect for one another.”

Township Committeeman Albert Bille said Bartlett “will be sorely missed.”

“He was always receptive to our recreation needs,” he said. “He did so much for the county and it will be hard to fill his shoes.” —E.E. 








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