PROSPECT PARK, NJ - According to the borough, Prospect Park is set to receive $750,000, which incorporates a $333,750 matching grant, thanks to Green Acres funding approved by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and Garden State Preservation Trust.  The funds will be used for "open space acquisition and recreation" - allocated towards the Hofstra Park Turf Soccer Field Project.

"This is historically one of the largest grants of its kind ever received by the Borough of Prospect Park," said Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah. "We are committed to improving our Hofstra Park facilities through partners at every level such as Governor Murphy and the NJDEP as the funding will enable us to continue preserving open space and to meet the increased demand for a soccer field and other elements of public recreation."

The grants approved by the Garden State Preservation Trust totaled approximately $87 million, statewide.  The borough said that Prospect Park was receiving the funding "for the first time ever".

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"Each of the projects recommended for funding by the independent Garden State Preservation Trust helps build New Jersey’s outstanding parks, recreation and open space inventories," Governor Phil Murphy said. "These grants and loans will benefit urban and suburban communities across the state by giving people opportunities to engage in healthy activities, appreciate the outdoors and enjoy time with their families."

The borough said that the Green Acres Program was established in 1961 following an "innovative bond referendum".

"The Green Acres Program has protected more than 700,000 acres of open space and provided hundreds of recreational facilities around the state," said Borough Administrator Intashan Chowdhury.  "Green Acres funding allows governments and nonprofits such as Prospect Park to leverage millions of additional preservation dollars through matching federal, state, county and local funds, as well as from private sources."

 "Green Acres funding is a powerful tool that helps New Jersey improve the quality of life for residents by improving parks, acquiring land and creating multiple opportunities for active and passive recreation," NJ Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said.

"Green Acres projects create jobs and stimulate economic development by making communities more attractive places to live and work, consequently boosting civic pride," Chowdhury added, remarking that such spaces also lead to an improvement in the quality of water and air.

More information about the Green Acres Program as well as a detailed list of projects can be found at www.NJGreenAcres.org.

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