- History and Establishment
- Rosedale Park encompasses 472 acres and includes a 38-acre lake stocked with trout. This is a very popular location on the opening day of the trout season.
- Rosedale Park was built around the lake for the sole purpose of flood control.
- The area was purchased by Mercer County when it acquired three local farms, two from the Blackwell family and one from the Farrington family. The ground was broken for the main dam in April of 1969.
- The Hunt House, located on the grounds of Rosedale Park was likely constructed in four sections over a period of 100 years, beginning in the 1750's by the Hunt family who were among the earliest in Hopewell Township.
- When Mercer County purchased Rosedale Park, through the Parks Commission, the price per acre was $1,800.
- The Park features two playgrounds for children to enjoy.
- The family picnic area is situated alongside the lake and has over one dozen public picnic tables and charcoal girls. This is a first come-first served area open to the public seven days a week.
- Boating and canoeing are allowed on the lake; however, gasoline engines are prohibited. Electric engines are allowed on the lake.
- A larger, reservation only, picnic area which includes a playground, grilling areas, basketball and softball can be reserved through the Recreation and Events office.
- Hours and General Information
Hours of Operation: Dawn until Dusk
Time of Year: Open all year, but reservations for private picnics are available from April until October.
Cost: Private picnic costs vary so please contact us for more information.
Telephone: (609) 448-3694
Location/Address: Hopewell Township, off Federal City Road, near junction of Blackwell Road.