It's been a long journey for Berkeley Island County Park. Just over 5 1/2 years to be specific.

It was a day that we all remember well, October 29, 2012 - Superstorm Sandy.

Situated just north of Lanoka Harbor on the Cedar Creek and jutting out into the Atlantic, Berkeley Island County Park was pretty much ground zero for Sandy.

Berkeley Island County Park (Google Maps)

The devastation was so extensive that there was even some debate about whether it would make sense to rebuild the park.

But officials dug in and started the process of bringing the park back to its former profile and then some.

And now, with a splash park, picnic areas, and a playground, the long rebuilding process is just about complete.

According to Patch, the official ribbon cutting is only days away, coming up on Friday, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

It's a sign of a few things - the fact that even nearly 6 years later there's still plenty of recovery work to be done, and the fact that here in Ocean County, we're not afraid to roll up our sleeves and do the hard work.

So, congratulations to the hard working men and women who worked so hard to bring Berkeley Island back to being an outstanding family destination!

 

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