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Burlington County Freeholders Announce Award of Municipal Park Grants

Burlington County Freeholders Announce Award of Municipal Park Grants

 

 

Funding Provided to Develop or Improve Outdoor Recreational Facilities, Preserve Open Space

 

Freeholder Linda Hynes, liaison to the County Department of Resource Conversation, announced today that the Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded park grants to municipalities.

Funding is used to assist towns in Burlington County to develop or improve parks for outdoor active recreation. All 40 municipalities were eligible to apply for funding up to $250,000.00 as part of the County’s 2019 Municipal Park Development Grants. Burlington County Freeholders have not awarded Municipal Park Grants since 2017.

“I am so glad to begin my tenure working for the residents of Burlington County on such a high note,” said Freeholder Hynes. “As a Councilwoman in Westampton, I saw the great benefit these grants provide to towns, providing funding for improvements which improve the quality of life for residents and preserve open spaces.”

The grant program is funded through the County’s dedicated Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. No municipal cost share or “match” is required to receive this grant funding. However, the funding is exclusively for hard costs, such as construction and repair of facilities, and not for the purchase of equipment or for operational and maintenance costs. Funds may be applied to the acquisition of recreational land or local cost share for farmland preservation.

“I am excited to report that this year twenty-four municipalities received funding, totaling $3.65 million in grants. In this round of funding, we will see new walking trails, reconstructed basketball courts, new softball fields, a fishing pier and an amphitheater among many other wonderful projects,” stated Freeholder Hynes. “We are proud of the Municipal Park Grants program and are looking forward to having families enjoy these projects in their towns.”

Projects to be funded with this year’s awards include:

  1. Bordentown Township: Northern Community Park Improvements
  2. Burlington City: Bike Path and Share the Road Bike Route connecting Delaware River Heritage Trail to JFK Park
  3. Burlington Township: Relamping of Baseball Field Sports Lights at Green Acres 4; Installation of New Sports Field Lighting at Green Acres 1 Practice Soccer Field; Extend Existing Sports Lighting at Green Acres 1 Soccer Field
  4. Cinnaminson: Wood Park lighting upgrades
  5. Delran: Delran Community Park Improvements Phase VI – Walking Path/Parking Lot
  6. Eastampton: Replacement of play structures at Buttonwood Park Playground and Municipal Gazebo and Armed Forces Memorial
  7. Edgewater Park: Roosevelt Park improvements to include expansion of existing pond; trail reconstruction; installation of a pedestrian bridge; landscaping; park amenities and signage; trail will be part of Delaware River Heritage Trail
  8. Evesham: Improvements to 5 Neighborhood Parks
  9. Fieldsboro: Improvements to playground at Municipal Building
  10. Florence: Restroom/storage building at Veterans Park; fishing pier, path lighting and gazebo at Roebling Park; trail connections at Broad and West 6th Street
  11. Hainesport: Municipal Park playground improvements – new equipment for Special Needs playground and upgrade to surface
  12. Maple Shade: Improvements to John F. Kennedy Field
  13. Medford Lakes: Cabin Circle Park Improvements to include walking path; wilderness observation deck and boardwalk; park amenities, landscaping and signage
  14. Moorestown: Site work associated with the reconstruction of 2 Softball Fields at Wesley Bishop Park South
  15. Mount Holly: Improvements to Chestnut Street Park
  16. Mount Laurel: Reconstruct basketball courts at Mill Run; replace play equipment at Bretton Way Tot Lot; install irrigation at community gardens
  17. Pemberton Township: Replace the surface material at Imagination Kingdom Park – a fully accessible playground
  18. Riverton: Playground upgrades for ADA accessibility
  19. Shamong: New playground equipment at Larkspur Park and Indian Mills Park
  20. Southampton : Good Farm Recreation Complex expansion
  21. Tabernacle: Prickett’s Mill Park improvements
  22. Washington: Recreation improvements at community center to include pavilion, lighting, fencing, bocce ball court, park amenities, and lighting
  23. Westampton: Balance of local cost share due County for preservation of Deacon Farm; improvements to Rolling Hills playground
  24. Willingboro: Construction of an Amphitheater at Willingboro Town Center for cultural events and activities

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