UNION COUNTY, NJ – An upgrade to Madden Field’s baseball and football fields is coming to Rahway.

The Union County Freeholder Board awarded the city with a $70,000 grant from the 2018 Kids Recreation Trust Fund through the Union County Open Space, Kids Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

“The Open Space, Kids Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund plays a crucial role in helping our local governments continue to improve resources for our citizens,”  Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados said in a press release. “The funds awarded help to improve the lives of others by modernizing park spaces, both by upgrading their equipment and by making parks and municipalities greener. Great things happen when we all pull together with a common cause”

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Established in a 2000 referendum, the Union County Open Space, Kids Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund initially focused on improving county parks. That mission changed in 2004 to include grants to improve local recreation program. The 2018 Kids Recreation Trust Fund totaled $1 million in matching grants this year.

“Since their inception, the response to these two funding opportunities has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic,” Trust Fund chair and Freeholder Al Mirabella said. “Each year it is inspiring to see how these Trust Fund dollars assist with important contributions to community health and well-being.”

Rahway also received $3,000 to grow 30 trees on municipal property as part of the 2018 Greening Union County fund’s “tree for tree” matching grants program.