FLEMINGTON, NJ – What began as an oversight has resulted in a streamlined recreation program that officials say will save money.

For 41 years, Flemington and Raritan Township contributed to a joint Parks and Recreation partnership. It was operated by a Parks and Recreation Committee made up of residents of both municipalities, providing year-round programs for residents.

But officials forgot to renew the agreement, which expired at the end of last year. After agreeing to a short-term plan to ensure services wouldn’t be compromised this year, they then began to consider if there might be a more efficient way to manage the programs run by the Committee.

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Under an agreement approved in separate meetings nearly simultaneously Tuesday evening by Flemington Borough Council and Raritan Township Committee, the township will create a new recreation department as part of its municipal services that will serve residents of both communities.

Residents of both Flemington and the township will be able to sign up the same way they always have: through the schools and online. Fees for participation will be the same for residents of both municipalities.

Officials expect “significant” cost savings that will benefit both municipalities with no change in services.

Parks will continue to be maintained by the municipality in which they are located. Flemington will continue to offer its annual fireworks program each July 3 at Reading-Fleming Intermediate School in the borough.

“The residents of the borough will see absolutely no change in the recreation programs they will be able to participate in and the borough is grateful the township is stepping in to create a shared services recreation arrangement that will benefit everyone,” said Flemington Mayor Betsy Driver in a press release. “We are looking forward to many more decades of cooperative recreation programs that will keep our residents healthy and fit.”

The websites of both communities have information on how to sign up for the slate of recreation programs in 2020.