UNION COUNTY, NJ — All 21 municipalities have received grant money from the Union County Open Space, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. Freeholder Sergio Granados and Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski presented officials from each municipality with their award during the freeholder board meeting Thursday night.
A total of $1.4 million in grants were split among the county’s municipalities. This includes approximately $900,000 in Kids Recreation Trust Grants, $400,000 in Preserve Union County Grants, and $102,072 in Greening Union County Grants.
The Greening Union County Grant program began in 2004, said Freeholder Sergio Granados, who chairs the Open Space Trust Fund.
“We are proud to note that since inception of this grant program, over $1.5 million has been awarded, resulting in close to an additional 12,000 trees planted throughout the County of Union,” Granados said.
Granados also discussed the impact of the Preserve Union County Grant program.
“Since 2005, this freeholder board has provided over $3.8 million to 34 historic sites across the county,” he said. “The Open Space Trust Fund has additionally invested over $7 million in the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway.”
At the meeting, Granados also announced state grant funding that the county will receive for acquiring open space.
“The State of New Jersey will be awarding the County of Union $1.5 million in grant funds toward the acquisition of over 314 acres of open space since the inception of the trust fund,” he said.
The Open Space Trust Fund, created by referendum in 2000, is designed to “conserve open space, provide recreational opportunities, and to preserve historic sites,” according to the county’s website. In addition to Granados, the Open Space Trust Fund also includes Freeholders Alexander Mirabella, Rebecca Williams, and Angela Garretson, Granados said.
The complete list of grants awarded to each town are listed below.
2019 Kids Recreation Trust Grant
- Berkeley Heights: $43,500 (Design and install drainage at Columbia and Peppertown Parks)
- Clark: $42,000 (Improvements at the Clark Little League Complex)
- Cranford: $46,000 (Memorial Complex improvement; Centennial Avenue Pool upgrades; basketball court resurfacing; indoor tennis court renovations)
- Fanwood: $40,000 (Improvements at Forest Road Park)
- Garwood: $16,000 (Ball Stop System at Garwood Municipal Sports and Recreation Center)
- Hillside: $8,121 (Improvements to the William H. Buie Community Center)
- Kenilworth: $48,000 (Improvements to the Recreation Building; tennis and basketball courts at DiMario Park)
- Linden: $70,000 (Renovation of two little league fields at Memorial Park)
- Mountainside: $31,000 (Improvements to Echobrook Courts, Deerfield Softball and Baseball Fields)
- New Providence: $40,000 (Reconstruction of four tennis courts at the Municipal Tennis Complex)
- Plainfield: $74,676.25 (Resurfacing of two basketball courts at Rushmore Park)
- Rahway: $73,000 (Renovations at the Brennan Field Complex, including a splash park and other improvements)
- Roselle: $46,000 (Renovations at Pine Street Park, including resurfacing of the basketball court, fencing, security cameras, and restrooms)
- Roselle Park: $42,000 (Improvements at various parks, including outdoor exercise stations and sensory-friendly upgrades)
- Scotch Plains: $63,000 (Upgrades to tennis and basketball courts at Kramer Manor Park)
- Springfield: $30,000 (Installation of sensory playground equipment at the Charles Cohn Memorial and Denham Parks)
- Summit: $62,000 (Track resurfacing at Investors Park at Tatlock Sports Complex)
- Union: $60,000 (Replacement of ADA-compliant playground structure at Sichel Park)
- Westfield: $52,400 (Sycamore Field Playground improvements; Engineering and surveying services at Tamaques Reservation)
2019 Preserve Union County Grant
- Berkeley Heights: $85,000 (Littell-Lord Farmstead archeological survey and stabilization project)
- Cranford: $2,500 (Crane-Phillips House Museum exterior painting)
- Elizabeth: $112,000 (Trooper Hanratty Memorial Complex and Ira Powell Field: new entranceway, new playground, fencing, bleachers, sidewalks, kitchen equipment, and drainage system)
- Fanwood: $2,000 (Carriage House: repair and refinishing of wood floors)
- Kenilworth: $21,000 (Oswald J. Nitschke House: restoration of the attic and installation of HVAC to provide sufficient and proper storage for artifacts, archival, and other items)
- Plainfield: $19,715 (Plainfield Arts, Culture, and Education Center: repairs, restoration, and glazing to Robinson window panels)
- Plainfield: $45,000 (duCret School of Art: restoration of the front porch)
- Rahway: $30,000 (Merchant and Drovers Tavern: complete phase three of a four-phase exterior restoration of the building)
- Scotch Plains: $85,000 (Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Frazee House: exterior construction)
- Summit: $10,100 (Reeves-Reed Arboretum: restoration and preservation of the historic 1890 stone stairs behind the historic Wisner House)
2019 Greening Union County Grant
- Berkeley Heights: $3,000 (10 Trees)
- Clark: $3,500 (50 Trees)
- Cranford: $4,500 (46 Trees)
- Elizabeth: $13,600 (62 Trees)
- Fanwood: $1,322 (4 Trees)
- Garwood: $5,000
- Hillside: $2,100 (14 Trees)
- Kenilworth: $3,000 (30 Trees)
- Linden: $9,400 (30 Trees)
- New Providence: $2,500 (20 Trees)
- Plainfield: $13,200 (40 Trees)
- Rahway: $4,500 (30 Trees)
- Roselle Park: $5,000 (25 Trees)
- Scotch Plains: $3,750 (25 Trees)
- Springfield: $5,000 (33 Trees)
- Summit: $13,000 (90 Trees)
- Union: $4,700 (60 Trees)
- Westfield: $5,000 (40 Trees)
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