UNION, NJ – A public hearing was held at Tuesdays Township Committee meeting to address the grant application for the NJDEP Green Acres Land Acquisition and Park Development project.

Joe Venezia, Township Engineer, said, “the Township is applying for Green Acres funds for the Green Lane Park.  The purpose of this hearing is to explain this project to the public.”

Venezia said the project consists of three main elements and has been designed as a collaborative project with the County of Union. 

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The County portion of 5 acres will include playground equipment, two separate play areas for different aged children, restroom facilities, picnic facilities and a parking lot.

The Township’s portion of the park, known as the Kennedy Reservation, consists of 40 acres. According to Venezia, the Township portion includes two elements:  Six-foot wide walking paths throughout the park to “provide recreational opportunities” and a future dog park. 

The overall costs for the County portion is approximately $1.4m, said Venezia.  The cost for the Township’s area is $1.484m.  The Township is applying for grant funds for all or a portion of those funds through the Green Acres Program.

“I believe this is a great enhancement for the residents in that area,” said Mayor Cavadas.  “We’ll be creating a two mile walking and bike path where residents can walk or bike and see different signage that will tell them about some of the foliage, about some of the trees, and also about some of the natural habitats that exist here in town.  I look forward to seeing the completion of this project.”

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Brian Cave of the Woodlow Neighborhood Association said, “I think everyone is excited with the plans because we do want to use that space more.”  Cave suggested the Committee give the residents an opportunity to be involved in some of the final planning.