Program celebrates 13 years of support for municipal projects

FREEHOLD, NJ – Last week, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved grants totaling $2 million from the 2015 Monmouth County Open Space Trust Fund to improve and develop park facilities in 12 municipalities.

“The municipal open space grant program furthers the County’s ongoing commitment to land preservation for parks, recreation, open space and farmland,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County’s Park System that administers the grants. “This year, 12 projects were awarded grants.”

This is the thirteenth year of the program. All of the County’s 53 municipalities were eligible to apply for the land acquisition and park facility awards.

“With this round of municipal open space grants the County has now funded more than $29 million of park and open space projects in our communities,” Burry said. “Sharing the cost of municipal projects supports and improves the quality of life in all of our communities. This is the ultimate shared service.” 

The grants this year are for park development and improvement projects:

  • Aberdeen, $250,000 for the installation of a multi-purpose field, water spray park, tot lot and improvements to Veterans’ Memorial Park.
  • Holmdel, $137,000 for the installation of a tot lot at Cross Farms Park.
  • Keyport, $204,000 for the addition of a t‐ball field, new sidewalk, fitness area, play area, skate park and permanent picnic tables at Main Street Park.
  • Little Silver, $121,000 for improvements to baseball fields at municipal fields, Sickles Park and Challenger Field. 
  • Manalapan, $13,000 for a new pavilion at Holiday Lake Park.
  • Manasquan, $39,000 for improvements at Mallard Park including the installation of a pickleball court.
  • Middletown, $201,000 for the construction of a multisport synthetic turf field and improvements to Croydon Hall synthetic turf field.
  • Millstone, $250,000 for development and structural repair to a historic church that is now serving as a community meeting and program space.
  • Neptune Township, $250,000 for upgrades to the football field at Loffredo Field.
  • Red Bank, $223,000 for the addition of benches, lighting and outdoor exercise equipment at Mohawk Pond and the installation of a permanent bathroom facility and improvements to East Side Park.
  • Rumson, $137,000 for the addition of ADA playground equipment and two new playgrounds at Piping Rock Park.
  • Wall, $175,000 for the installation of two full-size regulation basketball courts at the Municipal Complex.

Land acquisition and development for park recreation and open space purposes are made possible by the Monmouth County Municipal Open Space Grant Program, a competitive matching-funds program for municipalities sponsored by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and administered by the Monmouth County Park System. The maximum matching amount awarded to a particular project is $250,000.

“Since the inception of the County’s Municipal Open Space Grant program in 2003, 48 towns have successfully applied and received funding for more than 150 individual projects,” Freeholder Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. said. “This is another example of working cooperatively with our towns to provide a more beautiful and more active county.”

With the inclusion of the 2015 matching grants, a total of $29,213,000 has been awarded to date. 

Applications for the 2016 Monmouth County Municipal Open Space Grant Program will be available on or about May 1. The filing deadline will be in September.

For more information, visit the Monmouth County Park System’s website at www.monmouthcountyparks.com.