ROXBURY, NJ - Veterans Memorial Park in Ledgewood will be expanded by more than 10 acres under a funding plan recommended Wednesday by a county panel.

The county Open Space Trust Fund Committee included the project in a list of six open space projects throughout the county it recommended for funding by the county freeholders.

The Veteran's Park expansion is slated to cost $28,000, according to the county.

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"Located off Emmans Road near the Mount Olive border, this upland forest is adjacent to Veterans Memorial Park," the county said in a statement. "The wooded property is key to connecting two of Roxbury’s open space tracts via a trail system. The terrain and proximity to existing trails in Veterans Park will enable a trail connection from the park to Emmans Greenway located to the south."

The committee recommended the award of county preservation grants totaling $1.96 million for the six 2019 open space projects, totaling 164 acres, in six towns. In addition to recommending money for the Roxbury project, the panel said the freeholders should also fund projects in Chester, Denville, Jefferson, Morris Township and Mount Olive. 

The freeholders will vote on the grants later this month. They usually accept the committee's funding recommendations.

The money for the projects comes from the county preservation trust fund, generated by a special county tax. That money also is used for farmland and historic preservation, county parkland acquisition, trail construction, and the purchase of residential properties prone to flooding.  

Jay Thomson, who chairs the 15-member Trust Fund Committee, presented the recommendations to the freeholder board during its work session in Morristown. “We would like to thank the Freeholders and the voters of Morris County for their continued support,’’ said Thomson. “All of the projects have enabled residents of our county to enjoy a higher quality of life by having many opportunities to enjoy open spaces close to where they live."

The Open Space grant program has helped preserve 12,542 acres in 36 of the county’s 39 towns since the awarding of grants started in 1994. Morris County voters approved the program in November 1992.