PATERSON, NJ - The Passaic County Freeholder Board added a public meeting in the City of Paterson to discuss Passaic County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan.  The additional meeting comes after meetings held throughout Passaic County during the month of January.

“My colleagues and I continue to look for input from residents on the best ways to improve our parks and open spaces.  We have proactively held public meetings throughout Passaic County since the beginning of this year.  I have requested another public meeting in the City of Paterson,” said Freeholder Theodore “T.J.” Best, Chairman of the Open Space Committee. 

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“We are still encouraging residents to go to Passaic County’s website,, where they can submit suggestions on ways to improve our parks and recreation programs. The county also proactively delivered random surveys to 6,000 county households to hear from residents about parks, recreation and open space,” added Freeholder Best.

According to Freeholder Best, In an effort to gather input and insight, the Passaic County Department of Planning & Economic Development and the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a series of meetings in January to hear from the public in regard to improvements to and needs for additional recreational facilities at both County and local parks, as well as recommendations and opportunities for open space, historic and farmland preservation.  The next meeting is scheduled in the City of Paterson. 

The meeting is scheduled as follows:

Monday, March 18, 2013

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Paterson Free Public Library

250 Broadway

Paterson, NJ 07501

The Passaic County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan is expected to be released in April.  Additional public meetings will be scheduled once the plan is released.

For additional information, please contact the Passaic County Planning & Economic Development Department at 973-569-4040.  To submit suggestions through the Internet, please go to the Passaic County website,