THE ISLAND IS MANAGED UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD OF ISLAND MANAGERS.
KNOWN AS MATINICUNK BY THE NATIVE AMERICANS, BURLINGTON ISLAND WAS FOUNDED BY THE DUTCH WALLOONS IN l624. THE ISLAND WAS THE FIRST EUROPEAN SETTLEMENT IN NEW JERSEY. THE ISLAND CAME UNDER CONTROL OF THE CITY OF BURLINGTON IN 1682.
Robert Stacy, a City resident and a member of the legislature introduced a bill to make the Island's rents or monies derived from it's sale to be used for education of Youth in the City.
,THE STATE LEGISLATURE PASSED AN ACT TO INCORPORATE "THE
MANAGERS AND TREASURER FOR THE SCHOOL FUND FOR THE EDUCATION
OF THE YOUTH TN THE CITY OF BURLINGTON."
TO MANAGE ASSETS HELD BY THE BOARD TO RAISE REVENUE FOR
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM OF THE CITY OF
SPACE TO DATE
AREA OF LAKE 97 ACRES
AREA OF LAND 299 ACRES
TOTAL AREA 396 ACRES
APPROXIMATELY 20 MILES BY WATER FROM TRENTON.
APPROXIMATELY 14 MILES BY WATER FROM PHILADELPHIA.
ELEVATION VARIES FROM AN AVERAGE OF 14 FEET TO APPROXIMATELY 35 FEET.
CONSERVATION (natural setting)
RECREATION (water related and not found on the mainland)
Burlington Island had signed a pre-lease agreement with Entersport corp of Philadelphia, Pa. This option allows exclusive rights for Entersport to explore possibilities for Island development during a 12 month period. This option has been extended for another 6 month period. It is hoped that during this period Entersport will find the means of financing Burlington Island development.
Among the strong possibilities for the Island are: a golf course, convention center, a water park and picnic areas. Other possibilities include nature walks, biking areas, and a plethora of activities surrounding the 100 acre natural lake which is set in the middle of the Island.This lake was formed when Warner gravel company was taking gravel from the island in the 1950's/ City councilman Gillece had Counsel pass an ordinance that forbade anyone from taking land from the City, this rendered the island worthless to Warner so they agreed to turn it "back" to the City for $1.00. They also agreed to close on the cove it had created and thereby make a lake in the middle of the island.
This is the island board offical Web Site www.burlingtonisland.com
This is the city of Burlington's official website www.burlingtonnj.us
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