New York Times Calls Overpeck Creek a ‘Rowing Paradise’
Former dump now attracts major rowing competitions.
The New York Times has discovered Bergen County’s Overpeck Creek.
In Tuesday’s edition, the newspaper chronicled the park's rise from dump to rowing destination. The article includes interviews with Teaneck Rowing Coach Clemens Reinke.
Last month, the creek was home to a historic regatta attracting teams from across North Jersey as well as major colleges. The first-ever North Jersey Championship Regatta brought thousands of rowing fans to the park.
Rowers have used the park since 2010, although they hit a brief snag in a dispute between a Leonia councilman and county officials over use of a section in the park. The park also faces continued environmental problems.
The Times story reports:
“Yep, we’re standing on garbage,” Reinke said recently as he stood along the Overpeck, which has been capped on only one side to control seepage from the landfill. “But this is heaven for us. And, of course, it’s much, much better than the alternative.”