Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex County awarded $3.15 million in Local Aid grants to 21 municipalities in Essex County. The funds came from the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund and will be used to improve municipal playgrounds, recreation and athletic facilities, community swimming pools and parks infrastructure. This is the sixth round of grant funding Essex County has provided to the municipalities from the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund since 2003.

“I am pleased to partner with our municipalities and the Trust Fund to modernize athletic fields, create skate parks, upgrade community pool infrastructure, restore public gardens, build playgrounds, stabilize waterways and acquire open space, to name just a few of the projects funded by this program through the years. These improvements have kept our parks up to date and enabled our open spaces to meet the changing needs and growing demands of our residents,” DiVincenzo said. “When the 2020 application process for the Local Aid Program began last year, the Coronavirus was not even on our radar. Now, as restrictions are being lifted and we return to a new normal, our parks and recreation spaces will have an even greater role than before. Families breaking free of stay-at-home orders will be looking for outlets and the construction contracts that will be awarded will help jumpstart the economy and create jobs, just as we did with the program in 2009 after the Great Recession,” he added.

 

Municipality

Amount Awarded

Description

Belleville

$150,000

Fairway Park Improvement Project

Bloomfield

$150,000

Memorial Park Tennis/Pickle Ball Court Improvements

Caldwell

$150,000

Harrison School Field Improvements

Cedar Grove

$150,000

Community Park Playground Improvements

East Orange

$150,000

Columbian Park Playground Improvements

Fairfield

$150,000

Hollywood Avenue Park Renovations Phase 2

Glen Ridge

$150,000

Hurrell Field Sports Track Improvements

Irvington

$150,000

Orange Park Pools Renovation

Livingston

$150,000

Livingston Community Center and Northland Park Playground Replacement Project

Maplewood

$150,000

Repair of Civic House Bridge in Memorial Park

Millburn

$150,000

Taylor Park Improvements

Montclair

$150,000

Rand and Canterbury Park

Newark

$150,000

Ridgewood Avenue Park Project

North Caldwell

$150,000

Walker's Pond Dredging

Nutley

$150,000

Glotzbach Park Band Shelter Project

Orange

$150,000

Colgate Park Pool Improvements

Roseland

$150,000

Rehabilitation of Tedesco Park

South Orange

$150,000

Carter Park Renovation

Verona

$150,000

Accessible Play Area and Adult Exercise Area at Liberty Field

West Caldwell

$150,000

Harrison School Field Improvements

West Orange

$150,000

Degnan Park Softball Field Improvements

Total

$3,150,000

 

 
 
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Each of the 22 municipalities in Essex County were eligible to receive a $150,000 grant to help fund a local parks improvement project. These awards are outright grants; the municipalities did not have to provide matching funds. Essex Fells did not submit an application for funding.

 

Approved by voters in 1998, money from the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund can be used to maintain recreation facilities, acquire open space, preserve historic sites or support projects that enhance water quality or flow. The Trust Fund receives its funding from a dedicated tax that is collected quarterly from property owners.