ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County has awarded $150,000 each in Local Aid grants to five different municipalities in the West Essex area to improve municipal playgrounds, recreation and athletic facilities.

The funds came from the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund.

In North Caldwell, $150,000 will help with the dredging of Walker’s Pond.

Sign Up for West Essex Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

A like amount will go to Fairfield for Phase 2 of renovations to Hollywood Avenue Park.

Tedesco Park in Roseland will receive needed rehabilitation with its $150,000 grant.

Caldwell and West Caldwell will get $150,000 for improvements to the field at Harrison School.

“When the 2020 application process for the Local Aid Program began last year, the Coronavirus was not even on our radar,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. said. “Now, as restrictions are being lifted and we return to a new normal, our parks and recreation spaces will have an even greater role than before. Families breaking free of stay-at-home orders will be looking for outlets and the construction contracts that will be awarded will help jumpstart the economy and create jobs, just as we did with the program in 2009 after the Great Recession.”