Freeholders Award $824,860 in Municipal Recreation Grants

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(Camden, NJ) – The Freeholder Board has approved the recommendations of the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee to award the 2017 Recreation Facility Enhancement Project Grants. The grants, totaling $824,860 this year, are funded through the Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund, are presented to existing publicly owned recreation facilities planning to expand their utilization for recreational purposes.

“These grants are an opportunity to build and enhance our parks and playgrounds throughout the county. We know these passive and active recreational offerings make Camden County a special place to live and improve our overall quality of life,” said Freeholder Jeffery L. Nash, liaison to the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee. “This year’s applications represented a wide range of projects throughout the county. We appreciate the hard work and planning that went into each request.”

Each year, municipal organizations are invited to submit an application detailing the enhancements planned for their existing recreation facilities for consideration by the advisory committee. The requests for funding are limited to $25,000 per project, per year. The projects must be completed within a one year period. The Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund was created by the Freeholder Board in 1999 in response to overwhelming voter support of an open space referendum placed on the ballot in November 1998.

2017 Grant Recipients

Green Wave Park $25,000
Mansion Avenue School playground $16,500

Audubon Park
Audubon Park Playground $25,000

Recreation basketball court $25,000
Scott Merulla Playground $25,000

Berlin Borough
Berlin Soccer Club – Franklin Ave. Fields $25,000

Multi-use path at Waterfront Park $25,000

Neighborhood Center, Inc. – baseball field renovation $25,000

Cherry Hill Township
Gregory Dalessio Playground $25,000
DeCou Park $25,000
Jeremy Kane Park $25,000

Albertson Avenue Playground $25,000

Gibbsboro Bikeway – Blueberry Hill to US Ave extension $25,000

Gloucester City
Bill Flynn Complex, Corner Park and Proprietors Park $25,000

Gloucester Township
State Street Park playground equipment $25,000

Haddon Heights
Haddon Heights Youth Athletics Barr Complex $25,000

Haddon Township
New Jersey Avenue Playground improvements $25,000

Laurel Springs
Laurel Springs Recreation Complex $25,000

Lawnside Recreation Park $25,000

Magnolia Little League Complex $20,000

Mt. Ephraim
Youth Athletic Fields Complex $25,000
Norcross Park $25,000

Clinton Avenue Pocket Park $25,000

Pennsauken Township
Johnson Park $25,000

Kennedy Park Recreation Center $23,000
Somerdale Youth Basketball League – Perry Complex $25,000

Vasser Avenue Sports Complex $25,000
Parkeview Recraertional Complex Baseball Fields $25,000

Voorhees Township
Kirkwood Park – handicapped parking $25,000
Lion’s Lake Park/Ashland Woods/Hale Park $25,000
Maiaroto Recreation Complex $25,000

Winslow Township
Frank Donio Park $11,900
Peter Volpa Memorial Park $13,900
Stella Maiese Park $22,800
West Atco 1 Park $16,760