GREEN BROOK, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced April 12 that it has provided funding from its open space preservation program toward Green Brook Township’s acquisition of the former Green Brook Swim Club.
The 11-acre swim club property, in combination with an adjacent undeveloped 11 acres owned by the township, will be transformed into a single recreational area to be owned, managed and developed by the township.
“A priority of the county’s open space program is to expand on existing park areas where appropriate, including municipal properties,” said Freeholder Mark Caliguire, liaison to the county Open Space Advisory Committee.
“Creating a 22-acre park is not an easy accomplishment for a developed, suburban municipality such as Green Brook,” he continued. “The township now has significant area to develop recreational facilities such as trails across both parcels.”
According to Caliguire, the property is also within walking distance to Washington Avenue. “This corridor is part of the county’s Priority Growth Investment Area,” he said. “The township is working with the county planning Board on a development plan for this corridor that would be enhanced by the inclusion of recreational facilities.”
“It is a win-win for everyone when a project like the Green Brook Swim Club acquisition can advance both local and county initiatives,” added Freeholder Patricia Walsh, a former township mayor. “The coordination of the acquisition, park development and connection with the proposed Washington Avenue improvements is a perfect example of how the county and municipalities can work together to realize a common vision.”
The county contributed the $365,000 purchase price for the property; the township will be responsible for removing the existing buildings and pool this summer. A committee is in the process of coming up with ideas for the new park facility, which will be considered by the Township Committee later this year. Suggestions may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAPinto North Plainfield, Green Brook and Watchung is free and published daily; sign up to get all the news as it happens at www.tapinto.net/enews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoNPGBW and on Twitter @tapintonpgbw.