RARITAN TWP, NJ - Raritan Township is eyeing another park purchase and considering two offers of donated land to add to the township’s open space.
Committeewoman Gilbert made the announcement during a recent committee meeting.
The donations amount to 62 acres of land. The purchase is still under negotiation and not a matter of public record.
Raritan Township has nearly 2,500 acres of park land and open space between what's owned by the state, county, township and nonprofit land trusts. It also has 1,360 acres of preserved farmland.
All totaled, 6 square miles of the 38.6-square-mile township is preserved as open space, according to the township's open space plan.
The plan calls for making purchases that would limit residential growth, preserve farmland, protect environmental resources and greenways, link existing open space parcels and provide for active and passive recreation.
Committeeman Lou Reiner encouraged the township’s land preservation efforts.
“It’s incumbent upon us to look at those opportunities when they come up,” he said.
Raritan Township imposes an open space tax on residents to purchase more property or maintain what it has.
“There’s a lot of good land opportunities,” added Committeeman Gary Hazard.