It's officially open, a long time coming, and earlier than expected!

Such exciting news for local walkers and runners! Here are pictures of the beautiful new boardwalk in Long Branch! Now many who had no choice but to go to the next closest boardwalk in Asbury Park can come back to Long Branch to walk and run the boards.

(Photo by Maureen Keane)

Part of the Long Branch boardwalk has been gone since Sandy. The portion that was lost in the hurricane went from West End to the foot of where the new Pier Village boardwalk starts where Sirena restaurant is.

(Photo by Maureen Keane)

No more walking and running in the street! Now the whole boardwalk is about 2 miles long from the west end to the furthest point north at the foot of 7 Presidents Park. (The boardwalk that didn't get damaged in the hurricane is the part from Sirena Restaurant down past the hotel and Rooney's. It's concrete.

(Photo by Maureen Keane)

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony has been moved up to Monday, April 11th, at 3:30 at West End Ave.