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Somerset County NJ towns getting $2M for parks and recreation upgrades

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Somerset County has awarded $2 million to six municipalities this year for recreational open space.

The county commissioners started the program in January as an expansion of the county’s recreation grant program, which had focused on artificial turf athletic field development.

The expanded program now includes funding for active and passive municipal recreational spaces such as grass athletic fields, parks, picnic areas, trails and exercise paths.

One of the goals, county officials said, was to ensure that open space funds, which traditionally targeted large property acquisitions and farmland preservation in the county’s more suburban and rural areas, were also available to more densely populated communities without large available tracts of land.

The grants awarded this year are:

  • Manville, $250,000 for its Lost Valley Nature Park in the borough’s Lost Valley section along the Millstone River.
  • South Bound Brook, $350,000 for upgrades to Memorial Park.
  • Bound Brook, $455,000 for improvements to its municipal pool at Codrington Park.
  • Warren, $300,000 for the replacement of the pavilion at the Municipal Complex.
  • Bridgewater, $350,000 for trail improvements at Camp Cromwell off Vosseller Avenue.
  • Franklin, $360,000 for the development of a playground at Catalpa Park on Old Vliet Road.
The Somerset County commissioners have given $350,000 to Bridgewater to build trails at Camp Cromwell off Vosseller Avenue.

“No matter what community you call home, it’s important for health and quality of life to have outdoor public spaces that are close by, safe and attractive,” said Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson. “By expanding our open space grant program to include development of new and expansion of existing public spaces in our more densely populated communities, we ensure everyone in Somerset County benefits equally.”

Related:Lost Valley project in Manville gets an economic boost

To improve the Environmental Education Center in Lord Sterling Park in Bernards, the Somerset County Park Foundation and the Somerset County Park Commission’s Environmental Science Department have launched the “Rebuild the Boardwalks” campaign to raise $10,000.

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