ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders have announced the availability of  $1 million in Kids Recreation matching grant funds and $100,000 in Greening Union County matching grant funds to all 21 municipalities through the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. Letters were mailed out to all municipalities this past week, and are due back to the County on August 19th, 2016.

The Kids Recreation grant funds can be used for the acquisition, development and/or refurbishment of parks and recreational facilities.  The Greening Union County grant provides funding for municipalities to purchase, plant and maintain trees within their towns.  

The Open Space Trust fund has provided more than $16 million in matching grants since its inception in 2000 to build new or improve playgrounds, plant trees, pocket parks, recreational areas, playing fields, pools, picnic areas and much more. More than 300 acres of open space land has also been preserved from development.

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“Open Space funding demonstrates the strong community spirit that makes Union County such a great place in which to live, work, and raise a family,” said Freeholder  Bette Jane Kowalski, who is the Chairman of the Open Space Trust Fund Board.  “These projects enrich our lives and serve as our legacy to future generations.”

For information on both programs, please contact Victoria Durbin Drake of the Union County Office of Open Space, Historic Preservation and Recreation Trust Fund at 908-558-2278