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Freeholder Linda Hughes, liaison to the County Department of Resource Conversation, announced today that the Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded $4.98 million of park grants to municipalities during their October 25, 2017 public meeting.
Funding is used to assist towns in Burlington County develop or improve parks for outdoor active recreation. All 40 municipalities were eligible to apply for funding up to $250,000 as part of the County’s 2016 Municipal Park Development Grants.
“The County’s Municipal Park Development Program is a perfect example of how the Freeholder Board and local municipalities can share services and work together on behalf of county residents,” said Freeholder Hughes. “These grants help enable our towns to build new ball fields or improve existing parks, while preserving open space and maintaining the quality of life we have in Burlington County.”
The grant program is funded through the County’s dedicated Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. No municipal cost share or “match” is required to receive this grant funding. However, the funding is exclusively for hard costs, such as construction and repair of facilities, and not for the purchase of equipment or for operational and maintenance costs. Funds may be applied to the acquisition of recreational land or local cost share for farmland preservation.
Now in its seventh year, the County has awarded nearly $35 million to municipalities.
“It has always been a goal of the Freeholder Board to preserve open space to provide both passive and active recreational opportunities for our residents. One way we have accomplished this is through our county parks system,” said Freeholder Hughes. “The focus of the county’s park system is passive recreation such as walking and hiking trails while the Municipal Park Development Program allows our municipalities to focus on active recreation facilities. We have seen many worthwhile projects come to fruition through this program and look forward to the improvements this year’s funding will provide.”
Projects to be funded with this year’s awards include: